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Astro 1030 week 1 and a half notes

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Astro 1030 week 1 and a half notes ASTR 1030

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A compilation of notes from a week and half worth of lectures.
Exploring the Universe
John Fredrick Wallin
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Benjamin Cane on Thursday September 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ASTR 1030 at Middle Tennessee State University taught by John Fredrick Wallin in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see Exploring the Universe in Astronomy at Middle Tennessee State University.


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Date Created: 09/01/16
Astro 1030 Notes Study guide for test 1  Obvious sphere  Universe=space, time, matter, and energy  Stars may seem close in the sky, but might not be so close in space. Basic ways of locating objects in the sky  “Geography” stars or constellations  Celestial coordinates o Right ascension o Declination  Local coordinates o Altitude o Azimuth  Seasons o Sunlight is less direct o Every place on earth gets the same hours of sunlight over the year. o It is warmer in TN than in Alaska in summer, but Alaska gets more of sunlight  Earth is closest to the sun in January!’ o 91.6 mill Miles Annual motion  Sidereal time o Rotation of the stars o 23 hours and 50 min.  Solar time o Rotation around the sun o 24 hours Study Guide 1. If your camera shutter is pointing towards Polaris and left open for 6 hours the photo will make the stars look like complete circles. 2. During the full moon, how much of the moon’s total surface is being illuminated by sunlight? Half of it is. 3. The seasons are caused by the axis tilt as it rotates around the sun. nd 4. Kepler’s 2 law says, “a line joining a planet and the sun sweeps out equal areas in equal amounts of time.” Planets move fastest when they are farthest from the sun. 5. The new moon phase occurs once a month. 6. The hottest star is white. 7. The life time of a star is shorter than that of a less massive star.


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