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Astronomy 101 week 4 notes

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Introduction to Astronomy
Trace Tessier
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Date Created: 01/23/16
Lecture 4 Notes Review • What is constant for all forms of EM radiation in a vacuum? o The speed • What is not a property of a blackbody? o It appears black, regardless of its temperature • What are properties of a black body? o It emits radiation in a continuum of wavelengths o Its spectrum peaks at a wavelength determined by its temperature o The total energy that it radiates increases rapidly with temperature • The suns observed spectrum is? o Nearly a continuum with some absorption lines Spectrum of the sun • Complicated objects = many different elements • Nearly continuous absorption spectrum • Why emission lines? o Photon absorption/ atomic collisions excite atoms o Electron drops back to lower level o Photons at specific frequencies emitted • Why absorption lines? o Gas clouds block specific photons and prevent specific light from being seen Stellar spectra • See lecture 6 slide review • How does the pitch or tome of a sound wave change when the source of the sound is moving towards or away from you? o The sound waves are more concentrated the closer they are to you creating a higher pitch, and when less concentrated created a lower pitch. • What about when you are moving towards or away from the source? o It would be the same, you receive each frequency more quickly the closer you get to the source of the waves with the opposite affect as you move away • Does this affect occur for all types of waves or just for sound waves? o This happens for all waves The frequency or wavelength of a wave depends on the relative motion of the source and the observer. Doppler shifted atomic spectra • Why don’t we see the color of everyday objects change as they move? o There isn’t enough difference in the color to be able to tell unless you spread out the spectra to see the emission lines and compare them • Redshift is farther away • Blueshift is closer It is possible to use spectra to find planets around other stars by finding a wobble in the stars from the pull in their orbit Star wobbling causes Doppler shift of its absorption lines, it only gives information about velocity along line of sight


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