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Astronomy #1 - potentially lead to a more universal law or...

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Darius Owens AST 191-002 September 1, 2010 Assignment #1 For my entire life in schooling, from elementary to college, I’ve explored the questions of hypotheses and scientific theories. The hypotheses we’ve discussed in class are no different; Earth has different seasons because either: 1) the tilting of Earth on its axis, causing hemispheres to alternate and be closer or farther from the Sun. Or 2) Earth’s orbit isn’t a circle, thus causing the temperature to be warmer while closer to the Sun, and cooler while farther from it. In essence, both of these could be considered scientific theories because they are statements which can go through the scientific method; making observations, asking questions, suggesting hypotheses, making predictions, and testing/experimenting. By observing in nature or with a set experiment, it could
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Unformatted text preview: potentially lead to a more universal law or understanding of whatever we’re trying to figure out in science. In principle, these can be tested in principle simply because the hypotheses are falsifiable, which means it can be proven wrong. Something is only scientific if it can be proved wrong. In practice, these hypotheses can be tested in practice by doing observational studies, mapping out the surrounding universe that we can see with the naked eye or through a device (i.e.: telescopes, binoculars, etc.). Though I am not an astronomer, a way we’d have to test these hypotheses is to observe and see how Earth orbits (circular or non) and the locations of hemispheres in relation to others....
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