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- The angular distance north or south of a planet's equator, measured in degrees, as on a map or globe.
- Angular distance on a planet's surface, measured east or west from the prime meridian (Greenwich, England,
on Earth) to the meridian passing through a position, expressed in degrees.
- right ascension
- The angular distance, measured in hours, minutes, and seconds of time, eastwards from the zero point which
is the intersection of the celestial equator and the ecliptic; one of two coordinates used to define position in
the sky--equivalent of longitude on Earth. One hour of right ascension is equivalent to 15 degrees of arc--the
angle through which the celestial sphere appears to turn in 1 hour as the Earth rotates.
- the angular distance, measured in degrees north or south of the celestial equator; one of two coordinates used
to define position in the sky--equivalent of latitude on Earth.
- Find the planets in the real sky using the map(s) created in class.
- Use a telescope or binoculars to view the planet(s). Describe and/or sketch what you see through the telescope
- Portfolio: students maps with planets positions/motion plotted.
- Homework: drawings or descriptions of planet observations.
More Related Activities:
- Ice On Venus?
- Best of the Solar System For grades 6-8. A student
introduction to planetary research through images of solar system objects.
- Take a Spin through the Solar System
- The Martian Sun-Times For grades 6-9. Weather
reporters obtain current data on seasons, temperatures, and clouds on Mars and compare to conditions on Earth.
- Sky and Telescope Magazine or Astronomy Magazine
- J. Beatty, et al, The New Solar System, Sky Publishing and Cambridge University Press, 1982
National Science Education Standards (NSES):
NSES p. 160: "Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion."
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