Astronomy Schedule 2009-2010

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Information about Astronomy Schedule 2009-2010

Published on December 13, 2009

Author: radmila


Astronomy Oct 2009 – May 2010 Astronomy 3000 BC – 2009 AD A brief history of major developments in the field of astronomy. Constellations A detailed list of major constellations to help you find important objects in the sky. The Celestial Sphere How astronomers map the night sky taking into account the Earth’s tilt. Measuring Time How astronomers define time e.g. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) vs Local Time (actual time!). Observing A comparison of different types of telescopes (reflectors vs refractors, ground-based vs space) including the largest telescopes on Earth.

Gravitation Using the laws of gravity as defined by Newton and Kepler to predict planetary motion. Artificial Satellites Satellites are used for different purposes; we investigate these and look at space missions over the past 40 years. The Solar System An introduction to the origin and components of our Solar System. The Earth Properties of the Earth, its orbit around the Sun, how we get days and seasons and why the sky is blue and sunsets are red. The Moon Properties of the Moon, its orbit around the Earth and how we get phases and lunar eclipses. Lunar

missions are covered. The Sun Properties of the Sun, how the Sun’s activity affects us on Earth and how we get solar eclipses. The Planets Properties of the planets, space missions throughout our Solar System and why Pluto isn’t a planet. Comets, Meteors and Meteorites Understanding the properties and orbits of comets and the difference between meteors and meteorites and their link to shooting stars. Extrasolar Planets Latest discoveries in the search for planets outside of our Solar System and those that could harbour life. Distances to Stars How astronomers measure the distances to

stars and the problems that arise in measuring very distant stars. The Properties of Stars Using spectroscopy to determine what stars are made of and their motion. The Evolution of Stars Following the lives of different stars and finding out the fate of our Sun. Variable Stars Stars whose brightness changes over time periodically or irregularly. The Milky Way The structure and dimensions of our galaxy are investigated. Galaxies and Quasars

Looking at the many different types of galaxies in our Universe and the incredibly bright and very distant quasars born in the early Universe. Cosmology The shape and ‘size’ of our Universe, how most of it is unknown dark matter and the latest news about the fate of the Universe.

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