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Astro Student Survey

posted Sep 10, 2018, 10:23 AM by Nikhil Joshi

Presentation Schedule

posted Jun 12, 2018, 12:35 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 1:10 PM ]

Rooms A, B, and C are the conference rooms on the first floor as marked.

Room ARoom BRoom C
JudgesSpring Beasley
Desirae Toth
Dan Hrehov
R. Jeffrey Wilkes
Oliver Fraser, Larry Timmons, Keyuri Raodeo
1:30-1:50Demaree, KirbyHadley, WhiteBader, Champlin, Richards
2:00-2:20Sangani, WhitlockTa, TonellaHeidal, Jerome
2:30-2:50Ayon, Jenner ( Judges go to Room C )Derrer, Pahl

Hot Topic Draft Requirements

posted Apr 23, 2018, 3:14 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 1:32 PM ]

After studying the assigned chapter and questions, you will investigate current astronomical research that applies to the chapter content. Current means anything within the last calendar year. For example, if you're studying stellar evolution, look for current research that has been done on stellar evolution. Good sources for research news and results are

Pick some recent work pertaining to the chapter that you find interesting and create a 1 page hot-topic poster no larger than 11"x17". The poster may be portrait or landscape and must contain the following sections.
  1. Title - "Astronomers discover...<brief results of research>
  2. Abstract - several sentence summary of research arcticle
  3. Background/Key Concepts content from chapter that applies to the research, necessary to know so you can understand the research
  4. Summary of research
    • what was/is the current understanding of the topic
    • what new work was done, how is it different from previous work or how does it extend on previous work
    • what were the new results
    • why are the results important/interesting
    • what is still not known, what new questions arise, what remains to be done
      5. Citations (APA)

you must provide APA citation of research article(s), diagrams, etc. you must provide engaging visuals, diagrams throughout, equations as necessary in addition to your narrative/explanator text. You may use multiple articles on the research as necessary. 

Project0 Paper

posted Jan 22, 2018, 9:14 AM by Nikhil Joshi

By now you should have created a google doc for your project 0 paper and included the abstract that you wrote jointly with your partner.

Now you and your partner should divide the writing into two parts
  1. Determining the AU, mass, and luminosity of the sun.
  2. Determining the power source for the sun.
One way to split would be to swap what you did for your posters. Another option is simply to decide who feels most comfortable with the two sections.

After you've picked your section write at least one to two pages of text on your section, including an equation and a diagram that support content in your section.

Astronomy Art Project Part 2

posted Dec 15, 2017, 1:49 PM by Nikhil Joshi

In part one you analyzed artwork to determine what the artist was trying to convey and how they used astronomy to convey that message. Now it’s your turn to create your own work of art that uses astronomical themes to convey a message that is important to you.

First, pick either an issue that is meaningful to you, or a statement you feel is important to express about the world or your place in it. How does this issue or message make you feel? What do you want the viewer of your artwork to understand and feel about it? Once you identify the message and emotions you want to convey, think about how you can use astronomy achieve your goals.


Symbolism - the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

Tone - the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.

Motif - a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.

You will submit two deliverables:

  1. A piece of art in any medium you are comfortable with and feel is appropriate to convey your message/statement.


  2. A brief artist’s statement about the work, discussing how you are using astronomy to convey the concepts and emotions related to your artwork. This statement should be no more than one page (1” margins, 12pt, 1.5 line spacing).


A few common themes, statements, and words that were apparent from the work students submitted for part 1 included

·         Vastness

·         Insignificance

·         Beauty

·         Loneliness

·         Power


·         Grandeur

·         Hope

·         Solitude

·         Connection

·         Mystery

·         Eternity

·         Peace

·         Brilliance

·         Wonder

·         Indifference

This project will count as extra credit if your work demonstrates thoughtful and purposeful work. If you don’t do the project or I don’t find your work to be thoughtful or purposeful, your grade will not go down.

I look forward to your projects!

Lesson plan for Tue 10/24

posted Oct 24, 2017, 9:19 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 2:21 PM ]

I'll be gone today 10/24 during 6th Period. Dr. Edgerton will be covering the class.

You will watch the video titled "Secrets of the Sun."

You should

1. Take notes on the video - this will prepare you for the quiz on Thursday. The quiz will be at the beginning of class.
2. Take photos of your notes and put them in a google doc.
3. Submit a link to the Google doc via the Trello Board. The card should have your name as the title and the link as an attachment.
4. Submit the assignment by midnight 10/24.

Class AU

posted Oct 19, 2017, 1:34 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

The class average AU is 3.05E+11 meters.

c2 Quiz Corrections

posted Sep 22, 2017, 7:37 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Sep 23, 2017, 11:40 PM ]

Reminder that everyone must turn in the chapter 2 quiz corrections, regardless of your score. This is to ensure everyone creates an assertion+evidence slide deck at least once. The corrections are due on Thursday 9/28 at the beginning of class. Submit them using the c2 Quiz Corrections list on the Astronomy Trello board.

2018 Student Info Survey

posted Sep 15, 2017, 12:21 PM by Nikhil Joshi

Please fill out the 2018 student information survey for me. If you filled it out earlier in another of my classes, you don't need to do it again.

Astronomy Art Project

posted Sep 14, 2017, 2:24 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 7:35 AM ]

Part 1
For part 1 of your project, find a piece of art that shows astronomy content and that speaks to you. The art can't merely just show objects in the sky, rather it should be using the astronomical reference to make an artistic statement. The astronomy should be an active component in statement the artist is trying to make about society, about humanity, and the human condition. One way to look at it is that if you remove the astronomy, or replace it with other non-astronomical images, the statement or purpose of the artwork will change.
The artwork must also speak to you - it should illicit an emotional or thoughtful response. What feelings does the artwork make you have? What ideas does it make you think about? Why does the artwork draw you in or engage with you?
Once you've selected your piece, write a short essay about these ideas based on the following requirements.
  1. Identify the title, artist, and date of creation of the artwork. Provide a picture, excerpt, or link to the artwork as appropriate. Identify how you found that art, or how you knew about it.
  2. Analyze the artwork as described above. Explain to me what statement the artist is trying to make with the art, and how they are using astronomy to make the statement.
  3. Tell me what feelings or ideas the artwork causes you to have. What does the artwork mean to you personally?
The essay must comply with the following style guidelines:
  1. Between 1 (minimum) and 2 (maximum) pages
  2. Typed, 1.5-spaced, Times Roman 12pt. font 1" margins.
  3. Images do not count toward the length of the paper - i.e. a large image does not consume any page count.
  4. Submitted electronically via the Astronomy Trello page
  5. Due beginning of class on Monday 9/18.
To submit your assignment on Trello, do the following:
  1. Go to and create an account.
  2. After creating your account, join the Astronomy Board.
  3. Submit your essay as a card on the art project list by creating a card with a link to your essay.

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