The EUVE Orbit
Del Spicer and Leslie Dietiker
What Preparation is Involved?
List of Materials:
- One globe per group of four students.
- One big color world map (planisphere)
- Copies of
These maps are for students to plot the position of the satellite as
onto the surface of the Earth.
An example of this map with the current EUVE position above the Earth
can be seen by
These maps are for students to plot the position of the satellite against the
background stars as seen from the center of the Earth.
You may want to show your students another illustrative
resource, namely, a movie of the EUVE satellite orbiting the Earth.
Picture of the
Ideally students should work in groups no larger than
4 or 5 students.
Provide each group with a globe of the Earth and each student
in the group with a copy of the world map, a copy of the sky map, and graph
In a very visible spot in the classroom post a big color planisphere
of the Earth and
provide large "sticky dots" for students to plot their data. Even though the
students will be plotting on their own copy of the world map, they will enjoy
the process of placing a point on the class map.
Estimated Class Time:
2 - 3 days
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