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Richard Datwyler

on 3 April 2017

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Transcript of Parallax


Parallax is the motion of a near star as looked at a far star background, as viewed from the earth as it moves around the sun.
Angular measurement can be subdivided from degrees, to minutes of a degree, to seconds of a degree.
we have defined the distance of 1 parsec (parallax second) as 3.26 ly
If a star is 5.4 ly away, how many seconds of a degree is it motion as we move around the sun?
If an astronomer measures the movement of a near star to shift .00000123 rad using parallax motion, how far away is that star?
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