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Transcript of Astronomy
Ptolemy – believed the Earth was at the center of the universe
Copernicus – the Sun is at the center of the universe.
Galileo Galilei: first to use a telescope to observe celestial bodies.
Isaac Newton: explained that gravity is the force that keeps planets orbiting the sun and moons orbiting planets.
What is it?
Astronomy is the study of all physical subjects beyond Earth.
Light-year: a unit of length equal to the distance that light travels through space in 1 year.
The speed of light is approximately 300,000 kilometers per second (about 186,000 miles per second)
A telescope is an instrument that collects electromagnetic radiation from the sky and concentrates it for better observation.
Refracting: a curved objective lens bends light and focuses the light to be magnified by the eyepiece.
Reflecting: light enters the telescope and is reflected from a large, curved mirror to a focal point above the mirror.
Hubble Space Telescope: an optical telescope that is in space.
Provided clearer images in space than any ground based telescope.
Chandra X-ray telescope is the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built.
Launched in 1999.
Inner Planets - all are terrestrial
Closest to the Sun
Can be as hot as 427° C
Its year is only 88 Earth days long!
Venus – terrestrial
About the same size, mass, and density as Earth.
Rotates in the opposite direction than Earth.
It's day (243 Earth days) is longer than it's year (about 225 Earth days).
Hottest planet: Averages 464 ° C because there is so much greenhouse gas.
Planets – inner
Earth – terrestrial
Just the right distance from the Sun.
Allowed water to develop which is the key to life.
Mars – terrestrial
The Red Planet
Cold planet, thin atmosphere, very low pressure
There is ice found on Mars.
Outer Planets - all gas giants
Largest planet. Has the Great Red Spot (a spinning storm)
Made of primarily hydrogen and helium.
Takes almost 12 years to revolve!
Second largest planet
Similar composition to Jupiter.
Rings are made of icy particles.
Made of mostly hydrogen and methane.
Very dense and it’s axis is titled almost 90 ° !
Planets - outer
Temperature is -225 °C
The atmosphere has belts of clouds
Pluto – like a terrestrial planet
Farthest from the Sun. Has a moon called Charon
Now considered a dwarf planet.
It is more like an asteroid.
Half the size of Mercury
Made of rock and ice. Atmosphere is mostly methane.
Asteroids are large rocky bodies in orbit around the sun.
Most orbit in a region between Mars and Jupiter called the asteroid belt.
A meteoroid is a small, rocky body orbiting the sun.
They are smaller than an asteroid.
A meteorite is when a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and strikes the ground.
A meteor is the bright streak of light caused by a meteoroid or comet dust burning up in the atmosphere.
A star is a hot, brilliant ball of gas.
Stars go through a life cycle.
Absolute magnitude is the actual brightness of a star.
The H-R (Hertzsprung-Russell) diagram is a graph showing the relationship between a star’s surface temperature and it’s absolute magnitude.
Our sun is an average star (dwarf star).
Our sun is an average star (dwarf star).
The energy from the sun is produced by fusion.
Sun spot- cool, dark spots on the sun
Solar flare- giant storm on the surface of the sun.
Can affect satellites
Supernovas: death of a large star by explosion.
Produces silver, gold, and lead.
Neutron Stars: a star formed from the left over materials a supernova. Extremely dense.
Particles inside the star become neutrons.
Pulsars: a spinning neutron star.
Black Holes: an object that is so dense (in other words, has enough mass in a small enough volume) that its gravity is strong enough to prevent light or anything else from escaping.
Astronomers theorized that these are created after a supernova and when the universe began.
A galaxy is a large grouping of stars in space (1 million to 1 trillion stars)
Spiral- bulge at the center and spiral
Most galaxies are this type.
The Milky Way is thought to be this type
Elliptical- bright centers and very little dust and gas.-
Contain only old stars.
No definite shape
Constellations are sections of the sky that contain recognizable star patterns.
Different cultures named the constellations after their gods or objects in their daily lives.
The constellations change from season to season because of Earth’s revolution.
Comet: a small body of ice, rock and cosmic dust loosely packed together.
Comet tails: gas and dust that the comet gives off when solar radiation heats it.
They orbit in an elliptical shape.
Scientists believe comets come from outside our solar system (Oort Cloud)
Our Place in the Universe
The Universe - 93 billion light years in diameter
The Local Group - 10 million light years in diameter. This is a group of over 50 galaxies.
The Milky Way Galaxy - 100,000 light years in diameter
Our Solar System - the Sun's gravity extends out to around 2 light years. So it is about 4 light years in diameter.
Watch this Inner Planets Study Jams video: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-inner.htm
Then take the quiz. Write your score in your notes.
Inner Planets Study Jams Video
Study Jams Outer Planets Slide Show
Watch this Study Jams Slide Show about the Outer Planets: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-outer.htm
Take the quiz and write your score in your notes.
Universe Study Jams Video
Watch this Study Jams video on the Universe: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/universe.htm
Take the quiz when you are done and write the score in your notes.
A Star's Life Cycle Video
Watch this video and then answer the questions in your notes.
The Big Bang Theory
The scientific theory, discovered by Edwin Hubble, that the Universe was born from a single point in a violent explosion and has been expanding ever since.