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AST 101 Spring 2008
Chapter 3 Weekly Problems
from Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe 5/E
Complete and understand the Review and Discussion questions and the Problems to
prepare for the quizzes.
Review and Discussion:
Q1. List three advantages of reflecting telescopes over refracting telescopes.
Q3. How does Earth’s atmosphere affect what is seen through an optical telescope?
Q9. What is interferometry, and what problem in radio astronomy does it address?
Q14. What are the main advantages of studying objects at many different wavelengths of
P3. A 2-m telescope can collect a given amount of light in one hour. Under the same
observing conditions, how much time would be required for a 6-m telescope to perform
the same task? A 12-m telescope?
P4. A certain space-based telescope can achieve (diffraction-limited) angular resolution
of 0.05″ for red light (wavelength 700 nm). What would its resolution be (a) in the
infrared, at wavelength 3.5 μm, and (b) in the ultraviolet, at wavelength 140 nm?