The Revolving Earth
Topics: How do we know that the Earth revolves around the Sun?
Retrograde motion and the theories of Ptolemy and Copernicus.
Illustrate how both the Ptolemaic and Copernican models produce
Analyze how t
Sections 1.4 - 1.6 (6th edition), 1.4 7th Edition
Topics: The connection between the Sky and the Earth. How to define
a day, month and a year. Precession and calendars. History of
calendars, calendar reform. Definition of date of Easter. Our
Topics: How do we know the SHAPE and SIZE of the Earth,
the DISTANCE to the Moon and the DISTANCE to the Sun.
Why did the Greeks put the Sun at the centre of the Solar System
1700 years before Copernicus did?
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Text: Astronomy Today: The Solar System 8th
Observing the Sky
Topics: Constellations and the origins of astronomy.
Celestial Sphere. Rotation of the Celestial Sphere. Precession.
How do we know the Earth is SPINNING on its axis?
Recognize prominent constellations
Describe rotation of
Sections 2.5 - 2.8
Topics: Planetary Orbits, Conic Sections, Kepler s Laws, Newton s
Laws, Universal Law of Gravitation
1. State Kepler s Laws of Planetary Motion and use them to derive missing
2. Define th
Motion of the Moon, Lunar Phases
Phases of the Moon. Lunar and Solar eclipses.
Use geometry of Earth, Moon and Sun to illustrate phases of moon
and to predict rise/set times (tutorial)
Explain why there are not eclipses every month (tutoria