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Motion of the Night Sky continued and Motion of the Planets

by: Mitchell Jones

Motion of the Night Sky continued and Motion of the Planets AST 101 - M001

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Continuation of the motion of the night sky notes and the motion of the planets
Our Corner of the Universe
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Date Created: 09/19/15
The Motion of the Night Sky Continued Celestial sphere rotates onceday Sun moves along ecliptic onceyear Sumer solstice June 21 longest day of the year sun highest in the sky Autumnalfall equinox September 21 12 hours da 12 hours night Winter solstice December 21 shortest day of the year sun lowest in the sky Vernalspring equinox March 22 12 hours day 12 hours night In reality the orbit of the sun on the ecliptic is because of the orbit of the earth around the sun The difference between the ecliptic and the celestial equator is due to earth s titled axis Earth revolves counterclockwise around the sun Two simultaneous motions Earth spins counterclockwise on axis making the celestial sphere appear to spin counterclockwise Earth orbits sun counterclockwise sun moves counterclockwise around celestial sphere Motion of the Planets Sidereal day Time it takes stars to complete one full cycle through the sky Time it takes the planet to rotate 360 degrees 23 hours 56 minutes on earth Solar day Time it takes the sun to return to the highest position in the sky 24 hours on earth Longer than sidereal day because earth has to rotate an extra amount to return to face the sun earth is orbiting as it rotates Wanderers Planets or wanderers rise in the east and set in the west but also seem to move across celestial sphere like the sun Planet comes from Greek planan to wander Retrograde motion when a planet appear to travel backwards across celestial sphere observed over weeksmonths retro to go back reveals illegitimacy of the celestial sphere Early explanations for retrograde motion Ptolomaeic Model Earth centered geocentric Epicycle the planet does loops while rotating around the earth Inaccurate doesn t explain the phases of venus Sun centered model heliocentric Innerplanets orbit fast than outerplanets Retrograde motion occurs because earth passes the other planets in orbit making them appear to travel backwards as earth gets closer then back again as it passes


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