Astro 100 MW



          Astro 100 MW

             The Solar System

             IUPUI (Daytime MW)


                    Brian Woodahl


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                    Office: LD 156-S, 278-9244

                    Class: IT 160, Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:15


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5 Bonus Points Opportunity

Friendly Reminder: Exam 3 (Final) on Monday, April 29th

Exam 3 Study Guide

Quiz 12 (Wednesday, April 24)

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Quiz 11 (Wednesday, April 17)

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10 Bonus Points Opportunity

Quiz 10 (Wednesday, April 10)

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Final Exam (Exam 3) Date

Quiz 9 (Wednesday, April 3)

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Computing Your Current Grade

Exam 2 Scores

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Exam 2 (Monday, March 25)

Exam 2 Study Guide

Quiz 8 (Wednesday, March 20)

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Quiz 7 (Wednesday, March 6)

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Quiz 6 (Wednesday, February 27)

Week 8 Images (Monday: E-Learning, Wednesday: Lecture and Quiz)

Computing Your Current Grade

Quiz 5 (Wednesday, February 20)

Exam 1 Scores

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Exam 1 (Monday, February 11)

Exam 1 Study Guide

Quiz 4 (Wednesday, February 6)

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Computing Your Current Grade


Quiz 3 (Wednesday, January 30 moved to February 4)

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Quiz 2 (Wednesday, January 23)

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Quiz 1 (Wednesday, January 16)

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End-Of-Semester Bonus Points Reminder

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Course Information

The Most Commonly Asked Question in Astronomy

A solar eclipse only occurs if the New Moon is about within half a degree of the ecliptic plane (defined by the orbit path of Earth as it travels around the Sun). The Moon's orbital path, around the Earth, is (unfortunately) inclined by about 5 degrees to the ecliptic. Thus, there are only two opportunities each moonth (punning) when the Moon passes through the ecliptic. These points are called the nodes (ascending, descending). The Moon passing through a node is not sufficient, it must pass through the node during the New Moon lunar phase.

About twice a year, during an approximately 45 day window (based upon the orbital speeds of the Earth and Moon), the New Moon is close enough to a node that a solar eclipse can occur. Further complicating the motion, the Moon's orbital plane precesses relative to the ecliptic. Hence, the nodes precess around the ecliptic, completing one rotation about every 18.6 years. In addition, because the Moon's path around Earth is elliptical, during many solar eclipses the angular diameter of the Moon is not large enough to fully cover the Sun. Only when the New Moon is near a node and near perigee (i.e. closest to the Earth), does totality occur. On average, it takes about 400 years for totality to occur again at the same geographical location. Links for Textbooks (New and Used)

Excellent Beginner's Telescope for General Astronomy

Imagining the Tenth Dimension

Gravity Simulator

FYI (and Just For Fun)

Department of Physics, IUPUI - Updated on Apr 17, 2019 at 1:29 PM EDT