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AST 3018 Homework 1 – Due September 15, 2009 1. List the right ascension and declination of the Sun when it is located at the vernal equinox, the summer solstice, the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. 2. Calculate the altitude of the Sun along the meridian on the first day of summer for an observer at latitude of 42 degrees north. What is the maximum altitude of the Sun on the first day of winter at the same latitude. 3. *The right ascension and declination of the seven stars of the Big Dipper are given below. A. For what range of latitudes are all the stars of the Big Dipper circumpolar? B. What is the southernmost latitude from which all of the stars of the Big Dipper can be seen? C. For what range of latitudes are none of the stars of the Big Dipper ever seen above the horizon. 4. The observed orbital synodic periods of Venus and Mars are 583.9 days and 779.9 days respectively. Calculate their sidereal periods. 5.
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This note was uploaded on 07/28/2011 for the course AST 3018 taught by Professor Lada during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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