AST 2011 - Lab 1 - Sky Maps and The Celestial Sphere- Intro and Conclusion

AST 2011 - Lab 1 - Sky Maps and The Celestial Sphere- Intro and Conclusion

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Instructor: Kraig Andrews 13 September 2014 Lab Experiment #1: Sky Maps and The Celestial Sphere *Introduction*: The purpose of this lab was to learn about the celestial coordinate system and how it is used to describe object’s positions on the celestial sphere and how to estimate coordinates of different named objects using the celestial sphere model and comparing how close the estimates are to the real values. One method used to fulfill this purpose was using a model sphere to learn about the positions and motions (such as predicted when the objects rise and set) of the other objects in the celestial coordinate system by comparing their visibility from Detroit to other objects on the sphere. The other method was to compare how the sky looks from Detroit on the sphere to other locations and points on the earth in order to better understand how an observer’s latitude affects what the observer sees.
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  • Fall '14
  • KraigAndrews
  • Astronomy, Ecliptic, Celestial coordinate system, declination, celestial coordinate

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