Lesson 1 Lab Essay

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1. (10 points) Write out your pre-lab prediction, including what evidence or previous knowledge you have to support that prediction. --Answer below: Things "rising" and "setting" give the appearance of something rising or setting. In reality objects like the Sun or Moon aren't physically rising from the horizon. Most of the motions we see in the sky are caused by the Earth's motion, both its rotation and orbital motion. So all of the "motions" described below are really apparent motions and not really an indication of how things are actually moving, but how they appear to move. 2. (5 points) How long does light take to travel to the Earth from the moon? --Answer below: As the Moon is 400,000 km from the Earth and the speed of light…show more content…
Be sure to include your location, data and time of observation. --Answer below: The lowest declination in San Diego, CA is -57 and the north latitude is 33 at Midnight. With this declination the nearest object to see is Triangulum Constellation. 9. (10 points) Using the skills you learned in this activity, determine the approximate month that the Sun is within the borders of each zodiac constellation. --Answer below: First, the zodiacal constellations provide the backdrop for the pathway of the sun around our sky each year, and of the moon for every month. Since the sun’s path lies within these constellations, you know you can look for them along the approximate path that the sun follows during the day from east to west across the sky. The constellations of the Zodiac should be visible during the month of October. 10. (10 points) Using the skills you learned in this activity, find and name one constellation that is currently each of the following: rising in east, high in the south, setting in the west, and not visible at all from your location at midnight. Determine the seasonal group of which each constellation you name is a part. Which constellation is part of the group seen during the current season? Be sure to include your location, data and time of observation. --Answer below: The constellation that rises from the East is Hercules. The constellation that is high in the south
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