AAS 197, January 2001
Session 87. Innovations in Teaching Astronomy II
Joint Display, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[87.10] Using Stardial in the Classroom

R. D. Dietz (U. of Northern Colorado), P. R. McCullough (U. of Illinois), M. W. Richmond (RIT), J. N. Heasley (U. of Hawaii)

Stardial is an autonomous astronomical camera on the World Wide Web. From its roof-top location facing the meridian at the University of Illinois it captures a drift-scan image of the equatorial sky every 15 minutes, all night, every night. These images are immediately available at http://stardial.com/. Since its inception in July of 1996, Stardial has captured and archived some 69,000 images containing stars, galaxies, planets, asteroids, comets, meteors, satellites, airplanes, and many, many clouds. Several hundred measurable variable stars are found in the seven percent of the sky patrolled by Stardial. This data set represents an unprecedented resource to be exploited in the teaching of astronomy.

We report on our experiences in using Stardial data as a tool for instruction in astronomy at four different universities. Selected Stardial images, class assignments, and student projects will be displayed.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://stardial.com. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: rdietz@unco.edu

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