Astro 28Z: Field Astronomy at Mono Hot Springs - Sept 18-20, 2015


Sept 12 at Sat 9am - 2pm in Room 705 and the planetarium (room 706)
Pre-trip meeting. Distribute maps, carpooling, logistics, food, and lecture/planetarium presentation on the formation of the solar system, and star formation. Mandatory if you want a good grade!

Sept 18 5pm - Fri evening
Arrive at the campground as soon as you can. The central site for us is the dual campsite #30, where the "kitchen" will be and the scopes near the river bank. Our other campsites are #14 and #17. I'll fix dinner and we'll eat before by the time it's dark at 7pm or so. Then, be ready for Friday night around the telescope, lecture on stars, the summer Milky Way and demonstration of the sun's place within the galaxy.

Sept 19 - Saturday
8am: Group Breakfast prep (French Crepes!).

9:45am - Hike to Doris Lake, stopping for "micro-lectures" along the way with chemical composition of the Earth's crust, origin of elements in cosmology and stellar interiors.

Lunch - On the cliffs above the lake, with more lectures on the differences between the inner planet's planetary evolution.

2 pm - Return to camp, prepare for 2nd hike to Little Eden Spring, (1/2 mile uphill hike). We'll sit in the hot springs (big enough for the whole class if no one else is there) and talk about the origin of the universe.

4 pm - Lecture on cosmology, the origin of the universe at Little Eden Hot Spring. Hike back to camp (about 1/2 mile)

6pm - Dinner prep at camp. Asian rice/vege's a'la Nolthenius!

8:00pm - At the telescopes for more studies; star clusters, galaxies. More explorations of the Milky Way galaxy, showing stars with known planetary systems as a bonus.

Sept 20 - Sunday
8am: Breakfast prep, enjoy meal at Campsite #30

9:30am Lecture at the hot springs right across the river, on planetary processes relevant to hot spring formation - cryovolcanism on Titan and Pluto, controversial evidence for springs on Mars, and final pages of the handout lecture material on origin/evolution of the inner planets and principles which apply. Distribute final exams with instructions.