The EUVE Orbit
by Del Spicer, Leslie Dietiker and
9 - 10, geometry, 11 - 12, trigonometry
- Approximately 1 hour Preparation Time and 2 - 3 days Class Time
Topics Covered by This Lesson:
- map reading skills; knowledge of latitude and longitude
- graph plotting skills
- Astronomy/Space Science: Satellites, Orbits, Data Analysis
- Physics: Orbits
- Math: Sine/Cosine Functions, Graphing/Plotting
- Geography: Earth Coordinates
- Brief Overview: The students will study the nature of a satellite's orbit around the
Earth. This lesson plan implements elements of modern astrophysics in math
classes for high school students. Information obtained from the Extreme
Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) NASA Satellite will be used as an application for
learning about periodic functions such as sine and cosine in
algebra or geometry classes.
- Unit Features:
- A Realtime Plot of the EUVE Satellite Position above the Earth
- An "Interactive Tool" that allows students to obtain customized EUVE postion data
- A blank world
map on which students will create their own plot of the position of EUVE
above the Earth
- A blank sky
map on which students will also plot the EUVE position against the background stars
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- Materials Required For This Lesson:
- One globe per group of four students
- One big color world map
- 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 some illustrative
- "Sticky dots"
Picture of the
EUVE satellite launch
Last Update: September 18, 1997
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