Astronomy_1_worksheet_4_part_3 - F igur e 2 Chasingclick ha...

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Figure 2 – Chasing Gaspra (in front of the Milky Way) Left click here . You have turned off the external camera and are back inside you ship. 1. OK, let’s go! Return to Celestia , press the [ \] key and watch Gaspra. Wait until it passes in front of the center of the Milky Way and then press the [ G ] key. Your ship will lock onto Gaspra and go to it. 2. Press [ S ] to stop your ship. Use the [ Home ] and [ End ] keys to zoom in and out of the Asteroid. Press right click and drag on your mouse to view Gaspra at different angles. 3. Gaspra is a common asteroid. The Asteroid Belt is full of similar rocks, all moving at high speeds through the vast emptiness of space. Until the last decade, the biggest asteroid ever found was named “ Ceres ”. At 900 km (580 miles) in diameter, it orbits in the Asteroid Belt beyond Mars. Recently, however, bigger objects have been discovered orbiting our Solar System far beyond the orbit of Pluto. They are asteroids, but because they are located in a different region of space called the
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2010 for the course ASTR 1 taught by Professor Moth during the Fall '09 term at California State University , Monterey Bay.

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