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ASTR 100 Week 5 Notes

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Ball State University, Spring 2016, MWF, 11:00-11:50, Dr. Bob Berrington
Introduction to Astronomy: Solar System and Beyond
Dr. Bob Berrington
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Date Created: 02/14/16
ASTR 100  Week 5; Section 3 cont I. Intersection of the Celestial Equator and the Ecliptic a. Equinox i. Sun is on the celestial equator ii. Vernal Equinox (zero point on calendar – March 21) iii. Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22­23) b. Solstice i. Point where Sun is furthest North or South ii. Northern Hemisphere 1. Summer = Furthest north (June 21) 2. Winter = Furthest south (Dec 21) iii. Southern Hemisphere  1. Summer = furthest south 2. Winter = furthest north II. Seasons a. Earth’s orbit is (nearly) circular b. Seasons are caused by the tilt of earth’s axis, not different distances from the sun i. Causes sunlight to be more/less direct ii. Changes length of the day c. Drawing a bowl diagram for the orbit of the sun i. Went over in class, the picture is an example done for the Southern  Hemisphere, 30 degrees South on 12/21 ii. Insert Picture here III. Zodiac a. Astrological sign i. Defined by ecliptic ii. Constellation in the path of the sun iii. Established around 2000 BC (by the Babylonians) iv. 12 main constellations b. Precession i. The ecliptic moves on the sky over long time scales (1000s of yrs) ii. One actually should take a program and go back to 2000 BC to see the  true astrological sign c. Eratosthenes of Cyrene i. Measured the diameter of the earth – did a lot of research while in  Alexandria, Egypt ii. How? 1. Noticed the sun shone at the bottom of a well in Syrene 0 2. At the same time, the obelisk in Alexandria gave a 7   angle from  straight above 3. The distance between Syrene and Alexandria is 1/50  of the  circumference of the earth a. Result: 46,620km b. One can find the radius of the earth once you have the  circumference [use algebra with d(circumference) = 2(pi)r] d. Aristarchus of Samos i. Measured relative sizes of the Earth and moon ii. Used lunar eclipses iii. Found the moon to be 0.35 time Earth’s radius (correct ratio calc by  modern astronomers = 0.27


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