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Session 15 - Teaching of Astronomy.
Display session, Monday, June 10
Great Hall,

[15.04] The CUREA 1996 Summer Program in Astrophysics at Mount Wilson Observatory

J. Snider (Oberlin College), M. Faison (U. Wisconsin, Madison)

The Consortium for Undergraduate Research and Education in Astronomy (CUREA) will present its hands-on course in astrophysics and observational astronomy at Mount Wilson Observatory for the seventh time, from August 7-20, 1996. Students and staff live and work at the Observatory, situated in the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles. This is a beautiful site at which the atmospheric seeing conditions are equal to the best in the world. This poster paper presents in text and photographs some of the highlights of past programs. During the program informal discussions led by staff members provide the necessary background for using the following facilities: the Snow Horizontal Solar Telescope, which was the first major solar telescope in the world and the first telescope to be installed on Mount Wilson when G.E.Hale founded the Observatory; a high-resolution Littrow pit spectrograph; a 6-inch diffraction-limited refractor and 24- inch reflector; a photometer and a CCD detector; a unique atomic-beam apparatus for recording solar 5-minute oscillations; and this summer for the first time, the historic 100-inch Hooker Telescope. Attention is devoted to many observable solar phenomena, such as sunspots, granulation, limb darkening, important spectral lines, Zeeman splitting of solar lines, and the measurement of solar rotation using the Doppler shift of a spectral line. Nighttime observing includes celestial objects such as the Moon, planets, variable stars, clusters, galaxies and other deep-sky objects. Students learn how to process celestial photographs and spectral plates in the darkroom. Each student works on a special project she or he has chosen, and reports on it at the end of the program. Tours of research projects on the mountain, talks by visiting astronomers and field trips to JPL, Cal Tech and Palomar are included.

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