Basic Coordinates & Seasons - Student Guide

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Basic Coordinates & Seasons – Student Guide There are three main sections to this module: terrestrial coordinates, celestial equatorial coordinates, and understanding how the ecliptic is related to seasons on the Earth. Each of these sections has its own simulator(s). The background material necessary to utilize these tools is contained in each section.
Terrestrial Coordinates
Work through the explanatory material on units of longitude and latitude, finding longitude and latitude, and a bit of history (optional). * Open the flat map explorer. * Familiarize yourself with the cursor and how it prints out the longitude and latitude of the active map location. * Note that you can vary the central
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Direction | State | North | Alaska | South | Hawaii | East (there are two ways of thinking about this) | Maine | West | Hawaii | Question 3: The exact coordinates of the white house in Washington D.C., are 77.0365º W and 38.897º N. What are these exact coordinates in sexagesimal notation? Show your calculation in the box below. (You can use the Google Map tool to check your answer.) 38.897°N
.897* 60= 53.82
.82*60= 49.2

38° 53’ 49” N
38.897°N
.897* 60= 53.82
.82*60= 49.2

38° 53’ 49” N 77.0365°W.0365 *60= 2.19.19*60=11.477° 2’ 11” W | * Open the globe explorer. You are encouraged to use the Terrestrial Coordinate Explorers link which opens both simulators at the same time for the following two questions. Familiarize yourself with the features noting that they are very similar to those in the flat map explorer. Question 4: A) Where is the north pole on the flat map explorer? What is its shape? The north pole on the flat map is located along the top and therefore is a flat line. B) Where is the north pole on the globe explorer? What is its shape? The north pole on the globe map is still located at 90°N and 0°W, but it is simply a single dot on the map since the globe is a sphere. C) Your answers to parts A and B should be
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