AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 12 Undergraduate Astronomy Curriculum
Poster, Monday, May 31, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Ballroom

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[12.03] Observing a Transiting Planet in Introductory Astronomy Labs at Arizona State University

L. Will (Arizona State Univ. & Mesa Community College), R. Ryan, P. Scowen (Arizona State Univ.)

At Arizona State University, introductory astronomy lab students made photometric observations of HD 209458. This lab involved remote observing with ASUís Braeside Observatory, located in Flagstaff, AZ. Using their data combined with previous photometric observations of the star and publicly available Doppler data, the students obtained values for the radius, mass, average density, orbital period, and semi-major axis of the transiting planet around HD 209458. The students then compared these values to properties of planets in our solar system to determine whether this new solar system resembles our own. This poster will outline the laboratory exercise and student responses to this new addition to our astronomy lab curriculum.

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

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