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Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker Documents

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Main Document

Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker 

written by Mario Belloni

The Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker Lab uses the Tracker video analysis tool to measure and analyze the motion stars near Polaris (the North Celestial Pole) to determine the length of the sidereal day.

Requires Tracker version 4.6 or greater.

The zip file contains the lab instructions, the series of still images that will be made into a movie, and a sample Tracker file.

Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker Lab is one of several Tracker models used to incorporate computational and video analysis techniques in introductory astronomy. Tracker, a video analysis program with dynamical modeling, is an Open Source Physics tool.  Additional models and programs can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics or Tracker.

Published January 9, 2012
Last Modified January 9, 2012

Supplemental Documents

Instructions for Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker 

A pdf set of instructions for use with the Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker materials

Published January 9, 2012
Last Modified January 9, 2012

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