Welcome to Mr. Dawson's class!


Questions? Please e-mail Mr. Dawson at matthewdawson@brocktonpublicschools.com



NASA's Star Count Project
Help NASA count, compare, and contrast the number of stars visible from different areas throughout the world.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/starcount/home/index.html

NASA's Student Observation Network
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/son/home/

NASA's HiRISE Image Targeting Challenge
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/challenges/hirise/


NEXT METEOR SHOWER!
The Lyrid meteor shower takes place in April, with the peak coming between 2-6 am on the morning of April 23. There may be between 5-20 meteors per hour, or nearly 1 meteor every 3 minutes. If you observe the meteor shower, please post your observations (descriptions, counts, images) on your blog, e-mail them to me, and/or submit them to cnn.com. For the weather report, check the Weather Observations page. If the weather is poor on the night of the peak, many meteors should still be visible the nights before and after, so get out and watch whenever you can. Good luck!

For more information about this meteor shower, please see:

http://comets.amsmeteors.org/meteors/showers/lyrids.html
http://www.spaceweather.com/meteors/lyrids/lyrids.html
www.earthsky.org
www.flandrau.org

Unusual meteorite found in Kansas
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/10/16/meteorite.kansas.ap/index.html


external image machholzsky_pacholka_big.jpg
Geminid meteor, 12/13/04, by Astro-Photographer Wally Pacholka of Long Beach, California, www.astropics.com, http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap041222.html

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BHS rm. B221, by Matt Dawson, Fall 2006

NOTE: Discussion questions are posted under the appropriate class. Select "Astronomy (pd. 2)" (or "Env. Earth Sci. (pd. 3)") from the "Navigation" bar to the left, then select the "discussion" tab at the top. Then answer at least 2 discussion questions per week.