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Week 1 DQs

Week 1 DQs - Ancient astronomers named the brighter stars...

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1. Why is scale an important concept in astronomy? The reason that scales is an important concept in astronomy is because you need to be able to relate to distances, so that you understand where the plants and the stars are. Most of us are used to seeing the distances between things, but with astronomy, you can’t see distances, like you can here on earth. Another reason that you would also need to understand the scale so that you understand terms like AU, which is astronomical unit or ly which is one light-year. 2. What can a star's name tell you about its properties or history? Select a star and briefly explain what its name means.
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Unformatted text preview: Ancient astronomers named the brighter stars, and modern astronomers still use many of those names. A stars name can help you understand what cultures or groups had to do with constellations. A lot of the constellations were to commemorate important mythical figures, and they told stories. Polaris is the North Star and it can be seen all year round. It is the brightest star on the end of the handle of the Little Dipper and also in the constellation Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The star name Polaris comes from the Latin, Stella Polaris, which means, Pole Star....
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