If you miss a quiz in my Astronomy 101 or 102 classes, you can make it up by visiting Standeford Observatory during the night-time observing sessions. Five Observatory visits will count as one perfect score on a quiz. A total of six Observatory visits will be accepted for credit (even if none of them are quiz make-ups). Standeford Observatory is located at the south end of campus, in the forest about 400 yards south of Gage Towers Parking Lot 1. When you come to the observatory you may wish to use the Buddy System -- walking in groups of three or more. Alternatively, you may contact University Security (389-2111) for a walking escort; however, there may be a delay in providing the escort depending on other activities on campus. DO NOT DRIVE PAST THE OBSERVATORY GATE! You may want to look at the MAP.
We will try to staff the Observatory on CLEAR evenings (not cloudy ones), MTWH, initially from 8:30PM until 10:30PM. Starting and closing times will vary with the time of sunset, the weather, and the state of our departmental funds. You may call the Observatory at 389-6208 to inquire about sky conditions or to find out if an observing assistant is there. A sign by the gate will indicate whether the Observatory is open or closed each night. The Observatory season will be from September 6 through November 22, depending on the weather. The observatory will not be open during Finals Week.
To obtain class credit for visiting the Observatory, you need to do the following:
A few further suggestions: