AST 101: The Great Mnemonic Contest

There are certain things in astronomy that you just have to memorize, like the spectral types of the stars, or the order of the planets in the solar system, or the orer of colors in the electromagnetic spectrum. One proven tool for remembering sequences of letters is the use of mnemonics, easily remembered phrases which can prod your memory.

Typical sequences and mnemonics are:

Contest Rules
  1. Anyone enrolled in AST 101 may enter. You may enter as often as you like.
  2. Anonymous entries will be accepted, but cannot be awarded any prizes.
  3. Entries must be in English.
  4. Entries deemed obscene, racist, or in extremely poor taste will be disqualified.
  5. Entries are due, either on paper or by e-mail, no later than 5:00 PM on Friday March 15.
  6. Entries may be delivered to your instructor or to your TA.
  7. All decisions are final.
  8. The winning entries will be announced in class on Friday, March 29. The winning author(s) will be awarded worthless, but tasteful, prizes.

The 2013 OBAFGKM Entries

Other 2013 Entries

The 2013 Winners

The 2011 Winners

The 2007 Winners

The 2005 Winners

The 2004 Winners