By John Fix

Astronomy: trip to the Cosmic Frontier, sixth version, offers sufficient content material and historical past in astronomy so the scholar could be capable of stick with present advancements in astronomy years when they entire the direction. The old improvement of astronomy is emphasised to teach that astronomy, like different sciences, advances during the efforts of many scientists, and to teach how current principles were constructed.

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After people first noticed the patterns, they began to seek their causes. Proposing explanations for observed patterns has always been a key step in the progress of science. From the beginning of recorded history, the central problem of astronomy was the explanation of the motions of the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets. The explanations that resulted eventually led, in the sixteenth century, to a radically different view of the world. The realization of the true nature of the Earth and its relation to the other planets and stars had profound spiritual and philosophical consequences.

5Њ north. This latitude is called the Tropic of Cancer. 5Њ south, is called the Tropic of Capricorn. The point on the ecliptic where the Sun’s declination is most northerly is called the summer solstice. The point where it is most southerly is the winter solstice. 10 The Apparent Path of the Sun During Autumn The Sun appears to move eastward, relative to the stars, at the rate of one constellation per month. 11 The Ecliptic The Sun appears to move eastward along the ecliptic relative to the stars.

Indd Page 15 7/3/07 7:42:11 AM user1 /Volumes/109/MHIL007/mhfix5/fix5ch01 For More Information 15 Group Activities 1. Working as a group, design a coordinate system that could uniquely locate the seats in a football stadium. Discuss different ways to choose the zero point of the coordinate system. 2. Have one member of your group pick a star in the sky and state the altitude and azimuth of that star. See if the other members of the group can locate the chosen star in the sky. Continue with different group members picking altitudes and azimuths until everyone in the group has mastered the horizon system.

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