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By John D. Clark

Instead of taking somebody's note in regards to the uncomplicated measurement and distances for the sun system's gadgets, this ebook indicates novice astronomers how one can degree these items for themselves. this is often an enriching adventure for any beginner astronomer - to appreciate and individually degree basic astronomical amounts and distances.

A uncomplicated wisdom of geometry is needed, however it is fantastic how basic the guidelines will be. Readers are led during the information as lightly as attainable - and in a light-hearted method - presuming that almost all may have half-forgotten many of the arithmetic.

The functional astronomical apparatus instructed isn't any greater than a standard commercially-made beginner telescope and a digital camera of a few variety - nowadays a webcam works rather well. except that every one the reader will desire is entry to a working laptop or computer with web carrier, the knowledge to obtain unfastened software program, and an enthusiasm to extend his wisdom of the fundamentals of medical astronomy.

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Google Maps said I drove 133 miles. You pays your money and you takes your choice. My route was about 18% longer than the constant-latitude distance. From the map in Fig. 1, that looks reasonable. 2 shows how to calculate the circumference of the circle of constant latitude along which the measurements were taken. The circumference of a circle at latitude L is 2pR sin(L). 2, I concluded that the difference in observed sunset times was 11 Æ 1 minutes. 00069 of the way around the Earth. 25 How Big is the Earth?

The Sun travels in circles around the Earth. Venus orbits beyond the Sun, going in an epicycle: a circle that itself goes around a circle. 19 How Do We Know That Venus Orbits The Sun? But I have seen for myself, and reported in Fig. 12, that Venus can show both crescent and gibbous phases from my backyard, which is most definitely on the same planet as you are, dear Reader. Sorry, Ptolemy, you were just plain wrong. Does this mean you were a dummy? Mostly it means you never got to look through a telescope.

Values of the Moon’s diameter are compared in two photographs in Fig. 16. In one case, the Moon has to be overexposed or Saturn is invisible. The other photograph the Moon is correctly exposed. The apparent lunar diameter is larger when it is overexposed. The uncertainty is compounded by the fact that in neither the upper nor the lower picture in Fig. 16 is the edge of the Moon unambiguously defined. 17 Fig. 16. Two photographs taken 1 minute apart. The upper photograph is correctly exposed for the Moon.

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