Georgia State University - Introductory Astronomy Labs



Celestial Sphere pre-lab

Moon Phases Pre-lab

Planetary orbits pre-Lab

Mass of Jupiter pre-Lab

Scale Size of Solar System pre-Lab

Telescope pre-Lab

Lunar Features pre-Lab

Eclipse pre-Lab

We are going to die pre-Lab

The Martian pre-Lab


Solar Rotation pre-Lab

Spectra pre-Lab

Spectra Classification pre-Lab

Binary Stars pre-Lab

Photometry of the Pleiades pre-Lab

Ages and Distances of Star Clusters pre-Lab

P-L relation pre-Lab

Pulsar pre-Lab

Hubble's law pre-Lab

Galaxy Classification pre-Lab

Syllabi (PDF)

1010 Lab Syllabus

1020 Lab Syllabus

Editable Syllabi (MS Word)

1010 Lab Syllabus

1020 Lab Syllabus

Grading Materials

1010 Grade Spreadsheet

1020 Grade Spreadsheet

Rubric for lab activities

Project Rubric Guideline

Powerpoint Lectures for Labs

Check Alex's website!


Lab 1

Lab 2


Lab 10

Lab 11

Lab 11: Sunspots Movie

Lab 12

Lab 13

Lab 14

Lab 15

Galaxy Classification Lab

Radio Astronomy of Pulsars

Pleiades Lab

Stellar Spectra Lab

Supplemental materials for Labs in the book


Full Celestial Spheres lab from book

Full Lunar Phases lab from book

Full Planetary Orbits lab from book

Math Review Sheet

Lunar images for Planetary Orbits

Full Mass of Jupiter lab from book


Sun Spot page for Solar Rotation

Supplemental Page for Hubble's Law Lab

Supplemental labs not in Book


---Scale Sizes of the Solar System


Work Sheet


Eclipse Lab (pdf)

Eclipse Lab (Editable, .odt)

---Simple Lenses and Telescope Design

New: Simple Lenses and Telescope Design (written by John Wilson)


Spectral Standards for Spectroscopy & Atomic Structure Lab

---Galaxy Classification (NOTE (Oct. 2018): Do NOT print except for classification worksheet! We have enough copies to cover this semester. Check the box!)

Galaxy Classification Lab Instructions

Galaxy Classification Answer Sheet

Galaxy Classification Worksheet

Adric Riedel's Classification Interface

---CLEA: Classification of Stellar Spectra

Stellar Spectra Lab Instructions

Old lab activities: Stellar Spectra Answer Sheet

New: Classification of Stellar Spectra (written by Rachael Merritt)

---CLEA: Photometry of the Pleiades

Pleiades Lab Instructions

Pleiades Lab Answer Sheet

Blank graph paper for students

Main sequence on absolute V mag. scale

HI Spectroscopy

NEW: HI Spectroscopy (written by Justin Robinson)

---Semester Project Medley Handouts (Dates need to be updated)

1020 Semester Project List (Updated 2015)

List of Project Types & Descriptions

Project Guidelines which lists the due dates

1020 Semester Project Presentation Evaluation Sheets

PDF Copies of Labs: 1010 & 1020

Lab 1 - The Celestial Sphere and Planispheres

Lab 2 - Phases of the Moon

Lab 3 - Planetary Orbits

Lab 4 - The Mass of Jupiter

Lab 5 - Construction of a Refracting Telescope

Lab 6 - Simple Lenses and Telescopes

Lab 7 - Lunar Features

Lab 8 - Landscapes of Mars

Lab 9 - The Threat from Beyond: Impacts and Craters

Lab 10 - Spectroscopy and Atomic Structure

Lab 11 - Rotation of the Sun

Lab 12 - Eclipsing and Spectroscopic Binary Stars

Lab 13 - Ages and Distances of Star Clusters

Lab 14 - The Period-Luminosity Relation

Lab 15 - Hubble's Law

Lab 19 - Solar Observing

Lab 22 - Measuring the Diameter of the Sun

Lab 23 (Internet Exercise) - Exploring the Solar System

Lab 24 - Observing Phases of the Moon

Lab 25 (Internet Exercise) - Spaced Out Telescopes

Lab 26 (Internet Exercise) - Planetary Connections

Lab 27 (Internet Exercise) - Cosmic Connections

Lab 28 - Visiting an Observatory

Lab 29 - Designing a Student Observatory

New: Observatory Report

Visiting an Observatory

Download The Evening Sky Map here!


Student Expectations

TA Guideline

SETI at home Astronomy Picture of the Day Latest News from HubbleSite