Understanding the Starry Sky Ch. 01
Celestial Sphere <ul><li>A model of the universe </li></ul><ul><li>We picture the sky as a hollow globe surrounding earth ...
Celestial Sphere http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~archung/labs/fall2001/lec02_fall01.html
Celestial Sphere Animation <ul><li>Animation 1.1: Celestial Sphere </li></ul>
Celestial Sphere Features <ul><li>“ Sphere” appears to revolve around earth each day </li></ul><ul><li>Earth’s equator ext...
Ecliptic & Celestial Sphere http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/services/gallery/img/ecliptic.gif
Constellations <ul><li>88 official </li></ul><ul><li>Many ancient, 48 Greek constellations </li></ul><ul><li>Types </li></...
In order to more easily locate objects in the sky, we divide the sky into regions named after familiar patterns of stars c...
Sphere image of Constellation Boundaries
Zodiac <ul><li>12 Constellations (traditional) along the ecliptic </li></ul><ul><li>Pisces, Aries, etc. </li></ul>
Circumpolar Constellations <ul><li>North and South </li></ul><ul><li>Never setting (N), or never rising (S) </li></ul><ul>...
Circumpolar Stars http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/img/circumpolar.jpg
“ Star Trails”
N & S Circumpolar Stars http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/astronomy/fix/student/images/01f19.jpg
Star Maps <ul><li>Star Maps represent portions of the celestial sphere </li></ul><ul><li>Seasonal star maps provided in yo...
Horizon Star Map http://www.drypen.net/Star_Map_3.jpg
Equatorial Star map http://www.starlight-theatre.ca/images/MAP-C.GIF
Bright Star Names <ul><li>About 50 of the brightest stars </li></ul><ul><li>Ex : Aldebaran, Sirius  </li></ul><ul><li>Most...
Star Magnitude (Brightness) <ul><li>Apparent Magnitude : Brightness of a star as seen from earth </li></ul><ul><li>Traditi...
Apparent Magnitude Scale
Terrestrial Coordinates http://www2.shastacollege.edu/dscollon/images/Figures,%20Diagrams%20and%20Maps.htm
Celestial Coordinates <ul><li>Celestial Equator : Extension of earth’s equatorial plane into space along the celestial sph...
Celestial Globe http://www.onr.navy.mil/focus/spacesciences/observingsky/sphere1.htm
RA & Dec http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/ast122/lectures/lec02.html
Summary Earth Globe Celestial Sphere North Pole North Celestial Pole South Pole South Celestial Pole Equator Celestial Equ...
Horizon System <ul><li>Coordinate system based upon an observer’s horizon, not the celestial equator </li></ul><ul><li>Gui...
Horizon System Diagram http://www.yorku.ca/phall/P1070W05/L04/bea02-05.jpg
Altitude & Azimuth http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/img/altaz-star2.jpg
Degrees in the Sky <ul><li>Angular Measure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on degrees of a circle = 360 º </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Angular Measure http://www.physics.capcollege.bc.ca/stan/Angular_measure.jpg
Polaris & Latitude <ul><li>The height of Polaris (North Star) in degrees above the horizon is equal to an observer’s latit...
Geometric Explanation p = Location x ° = Latitude a° = Altitude of Polaris x° = a° http://homepage.mac.com/kvmagruder/imag...
Earth’s Motions <ul><li>Rotation </li></ul><ul><li>Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Precession </li></ul>
Earth’s Motions: Rotation, Revolution
Revolution
Earth’s Seasons <ul><li>Sun’s Apparent Yearly Motion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sun travels around ecliptic </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Seasonal Heights of Sun
Seasonal Sun Paths http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/planetarium/sunpath.gif
Seasonal Constellations SEPTEMBER MARCH
Earth’s Seasons http://www.learn.londonmet.ac.uk/packages/clear/visual/daylight/sun_sky/images/seasons.png
Earth’s Seasons
Seasons Animation <ul><li>Animation 1.2: The Seasons </li></ul>
Seasons & Celestial Sphere
Rotation: Solar and Sidereal Day http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/img/sidereal-mean-day_20030415143827.gif
Sidereal Day  
Precession <ul><li>Earth’s other motion </li></ul><ul><li>One wobble takes 26,000 years </li></ul><ul><li>Axis points in n...
Precession http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/Giants/Milankovitch/milankovitch_2a_low.html
Earth’s Precession http://apollo.lsc.vsc.edu/classes/met130/notes/chapter18/graphics/precession.psd.gif
Inconstant North Star 14,000 AD Present +  North Ecliptic Pole + Ancient Egyptian polestar “ But I am as constant as the N...
http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/images/bz990323.gif
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  1. 1. Understanding the Starry Sky Ch. 01
  2. 2. Celestial Sphere <ul><li>A model of the universe </li></ul><ul><li>We picture the sky as a hollow globe surrounding earth </li></ul><ul><li>All stars are positioned inside the globe facing earth </li></ul>
  3. 3. Celestial Sphere http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~archung/labs/fall2001/lec02_fall01.html
  4. 4. Celestial Sphere Animation <ul><li>Animation 1.1: Celestial Sphere </li></ul>
  5. 5. Celestial Sphere Features <ul><li>“ Sphere” appears to revolve around earth each day </li></ul><ul><li>Earth’s equator extended becomes celestial equator, earth’s poles (N&S) become celestial poles </li></ul><ul><li>Ecliptic is the path of the sun around the celestial sphere, requires one year for a revolution </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ecliptic & Celestial Sphere http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/services/gallery/img/ecliptic.gif
  7. 7. Constellations <ul><li>88 official </li></ul><ul><li>Many ancient, 48 Greek constellations </li></ul><ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seasonal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zodiac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circumpolar </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. In order to more easily locate objects in the sky, we divide the sky into regions named after familiar patterns of stars called constellations . Ancient constellations were imaginary pictures outlined by familiar patterns of stars (stick figures). Modern astronomers divide the sky into 88 official constellations or regions of space, many of which contain the ancient star patterns.
  9. 9. Sphere image of Constellation Boundaries
  10. 10. Zodiac <ul><li>12 Constellations (traditional) along the ecliptic </li></ul><ul><li>Pisces, Aries, etc. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Circumpolar Constellations <ul><li>North and South </li></ul><ul><li>Never setting (N), or never rising (S) </li></ul><ul><li>In north, appear to wheel eternally about Polaris, the North Star </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: Ursa Major (Big Dipper) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Circumpolar Stars http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/img/circumpolar.jpg
  13. 13. “ Star Trails”
  14. 14. N & S Circumpolar Stars http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/astronomy/fix/student/images/01f19.jpg
  15. 15. Star Maps <ul><li>Star Maps represent portions of the celestial sphere </li></ul><ul><li>Seasonal star maps provided in your textbook (appendix) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Horizon Star Map http://www.drypen.net/Star_Map_3.jpg
  17. 17. Equatorial Star map http://www.starlight-theatre.ca/images/MAP-C.GIF
  18. 18. Bright Star Names <ul><li>About 50 of the brightest stars </li></ul><ul><li>Ex : Aldebaran, Sirius </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly Arabic, some Greek & Latin </li></ul><ul><li>Bayer (1600), Greek letter names of stars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex : Alpha (  ) Tauri means brightest star in constellation Taurus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>26 Brightest Stars </li></ul>http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/extra/brightest.html
  19. 19. Star Magnitude (Brightness) <ul><li>Apparent Magnitude : Brightness of a star as seen from earth </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional : Greek Hipparchus, assigned 6 categories with 1 being the brightest (first magnitude) </li></ul><ul><li>About 100x brightness difference between 1 and 6 </li></ul><ul><li>To calculate magnitude differences: </li></ul><ul><li>2.5199 (m2-m1) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Apparent Magnitude Scale
  21. 21. Terrestrial Coordinates http://www2.shastacollege.edu/dscollon/images/Figures,%20Diagrams%20and%20Maps.htm
  22. 22. Celestial Coordinates <ul><li>Celestial Equator : Extension of earth’s equatorial plane into space along the celestial sphere </li></ul><ul><li>N & S Celestial Poles </li></ul><ul><li>Vernal Equinox-Sky’s “prime meridian” </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Declination (Dec) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Right Ascension (RA) </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Celestial Globe http://www.onr.navy.mil/focus/spacesciences/observingsky/sphere1.htm
  24. 24. RA & Dec http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/ast122/lectures/lec02.html
  25. 25. Summary Earth Globe Celestial Sphere North Pole North Celestial Pole South Pole South Celestial Pole Equator Celestial Equator Prime Meridian Vernal Equinox Latitude Declination Longitude Right Ascension
  26. 26. Horizon System <ul><li>Coordinate system based upon an observer’s horizon, not the celestial equator </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horizon-”Straight ahead”, line where earth and sky appear to meet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zenith-point straight up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meridian-Line “due south”, passes from north horizon through zenith to south horizon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nadir-point straight down </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coordinates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Altitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Azimuth </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Horizon System Diagram http://www.yorku.ca/phall/P1070W05/L04/bea02-05.jpg
  28. 28. Altitude & Azimuth http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/img/altaz-star2.jpg
  29. 29. Degrees in the Sky <ul><li>Angular Measure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on degrees of a circle = 360 º </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finger tip = 1 º </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fist = 10º </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outstretched hand = 20º </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From horizon to zenith = 90 º </li></ul><ul><li>The moon and sun = 1/2 º, your finger tip will cover them (try this with the moon only) </li></ul>
  30. 30. Angular Measure http://www.physics.capcollege.bc.ca/stan/Angular_measure.jpg
  31. 31. Polaris & Latitude <ul><li>The height of Polaris (North Star) in degrees above the horizon is equal to an observer’s latitude (distance above the equator) </li></ul><ul><li>Our latitude  42-degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Polaris will be about four fist-lengths above horizon </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for navigation </li></ul>
  32. 32. Geometric Explanation p = Location x ° = Latitude a° = Altitude of Polaris x° = a° http://homepage.mac.com/kvmagruder/images/polarislat.gif
  33. 33. Earth’s Motions <ul><li>Rotation </li></ul><ul><li>Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Precession </li></ul>
  34. 34. Earth’s Motions: Rotation, Revolution
  35. 35. Revolution
  36. 36. Earth’s Seasons <ul><li>Sun’s Apparent Yearly Motion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sun travels around ecliptic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About 1° per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>360°/365 days  1° per day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sun high in summer, low in winter </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Seasonal Heights of Sun
  38. 38. Seasonal Sun Paths http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/planetarium/sunpath.gif
  39. 39. Seasonal Constellations SEPTEMBER MARCH
  40. 40. Earth’s Seasons http://www.learn.londonmet.ac.uk/packages/clear/visual/daylight/sun_sky/images/seasons.png
  41. 41. Earth’s Seasons
  42. 42. Seasons Animation <ul><li>Animation 1.2: The Seasons </li></ul>
  43. 43. Seasons & Celestial Sphere
  44. 44. Rotation: Solar and Sidereal Day http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/img/sidereal-mean-day_20030415143827.gif
  45. 45. Sidereal Day  
  46. 46. Precession <ul><li>Earth’s other motion </li></ul><ul><li>One wobble takes 26,000 years </li></ul><ul><li>Axis points in new directions during this time </li></ul><ul><li>Result, the “North Star” changes over time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thuban, 3000 BC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polaris, Present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vega, 14,000 AD </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. Precession http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/Giants/Milankovitch/milankovitch_2a_low.html
  48. 48. Earth’s Precession http://apollo.lsc.vsc.edu/classes/met130/notes/chapter18/graphics/precession.psd.gif
  49. 49. Inconstant North Star 14,000 AD Present + North Ecliptic Pole + Ancient Egyptian polestar “ But I am as constant as the North Star…” -Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
  50. 50. http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/images/bz990323.gif

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