ASTR 116 Spring 2016 Class Webpage

Morgan Ackley, Marianne Birkner, Olivia Chang, Richard Feng, Maximilian Gamero, Elizabeth Hartsell, Crissy Hendrickson, Farhan Islam, Shubhangi Jain, Chris Keyes, Mawuko Kpodo, Kanika Kumar, Brennon Lindsey, Emily Parent, Veena Prakash, Bailey Tyler, Jessica Urgo, Hong Yun and Yujia Zheng.

Computer Software Needed for ASTR116

Skygazer4.5 Demo**

Planetarium software that is essential to view the night sky.

**Needed for ASTR116**


Download for Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6

Download for Windows XP, Vista, 7 


Stack .jpg's to make star trails.

**Needed for ASTR116**


Download Windows version
StarStaX .zip file from here: 

Mac OS X version
StarStaX is available as a .dmg file from here: 

**Installation instructions for Skygazer4.5 Demo for Mac OS X users
The Mac OS X version of SkyGazer 4.5 is distributed as a compressed disk image file.
• Download the disk image file.
• Double-click the file's icon to mount the image on your desktop
• Copy the SkyGazer 4.5 folder from the disk image to the Applications folder on your hard drive.
• To un-install, drag the SkyGazer 4.5 folder on your hard drive to the trash.

**Installation instructions for Skygazer4.5 Demo for Windows users

The Windows version of the demo is distributed as a self-extracting installer executable.
• Download the installer executable. Double-click the file's icon.
• Follow the instructions in the installer screen.
• To un-install, go to the Start menu > Programs > Carina Software > SkyGazer 4.5 > Uninstall SkyGazer 4.5, or use the "Add/Remove Programs" control panel.

Astronomy Software Apps That You Need to Download to Your Phone

1. iPhone - SkySafari 5: $0.99 -- Planetarium software to visualize the night sky.
    (a) Android - SkySafari 4: $2.99 -- Planetarium software to visualize the night sky.

2. iPhone/Android - Planets: Free -- Details on the visibility of planets each day.

3. iPhone/Android - MoonCalendar: Free -- Details on the phase of the Moon each day.

4. iPhone - Moon Globe: Free -- Shows a detailed Map of the Lunar surface with names of significant features.
    (a) Android - Moon Atlas 3D: Free -- Details on the phase of the Moon each day.

5. iPhone/Android - APOD: Free -- Astronomy Picture Of the Day. Beautiful photos from NASA.

  • Below are all of the lecture notes, homework assignments, lab manuals for ASTR116 in the spring of 2016. 
  • The class is taught MWF 10:45-11:50am, with labs on Tues. 1:40-4:40.
  • Course Textbook

    Discovering the Essential Universe by Neil F. Comins, 5'th Edition.

    Publication Date: 
    January 4, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1429255196 | ISBN-13: 978-1429255196 | Edition: Fifth Edition
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