Student Internet investigation or "webquest" that explores the subjects associated with the foundations of astronomy; history of astronomy and solar system models, and the birth of modern astronomy. The activity is divided into three parts.
Part one identifies our place in space, relates relative sizes of objects in space; explains constellations, the celestial sphere, how objects are located in space, how time is measured, precession and the seasons. Part two explores how some ancient civilizations attempted to explain the heavens in terms of Earth-centered models of the universe; summarizes the role of Renaissance science in the history of astronomy, and explains how the observed motion of the planets led to our modern view of a Sun-centered solar system. Part three investigates the major contributions of Galileo and Kepler to the development of our understanding of the solar system; explains Kepler’s laws of planetary motion; explores Newton’s laws of motion and the relation to Kepler’s laws; and explains how the law of gravitation affects orbiting bodies.
The latest links containing images and data are presented as well for these topics.
I use this computer lab activity for my Astronomy class as part of the Unit I "Introduction Into Astronomy" unit review. This activity as well as PowerPoint lessons, worksheets, review programs and assessments can be found under the Astronomy Complete Unit I "Introduction Into Astronomy" zip file folder.
Terms/concepts in this activity include:
Sun, Earth, Solar system, Milky Way, galaxies, Local Group, Universe, superclusters, celestial sphere, celestial coordinates , altitude, azimuth, zenith, N / S celestial pole, celestial equator, Polaris, North Star, circumpolar stars, ecliptic, zodiac, axial tilt, solstice, equinox, seasons, precession, declination, right ascension, Astronomical Unit (AU), light year , hour angle, astrology , solar day, sidereal day, Stonehenge, Caracol, Supernova 1054 A.D., Crab Nebula, Betelgeuse , celestial sphere , geocentric model, Ptolemaic model, heliocentric model, heliocentricity, deferent, epicycle, eccentricity , retrograde motion, Mars , ellipse, focus , Aristarchus, Ptolemy , Copernicus, Tycho Brahe , Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei , Isaac Newton, Copernican principle, telescope, Catholic Church, Laws of Planetary Motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, action-reaction pairs, gravity, Law of Gravity
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