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Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package Documents

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Main Document

Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package 

written by Todd Timberlake

The Stellar Parallax and Aberration Launcher package is a self-contained file for teaching the concepts of parallax and aberration of light as they apply to astronomy.  The file contains ready-to-run Easy Java Simulations (EJS) programs and curricular materials.  The curricular materials consist of two activities for students.  The first activity guides the student through an investigation of two forms of astronomical parallax (diurnal and annual) and Robert Hooke's early attempt to measure the annual parallax of stars.  The second activity allows the student to examine James Bradley's failure to replicate Hooke's measurement, and how this failure led Bradley to the idea of the aberration of light.  The activity helps students understand the effects of stellar aberration and how it masked stellar parallax.

Published May 30, 2012
Last Modified June 1, 2012

Supplemental Documents (4)

Stellar Parallax and Aberration Activity Worksheets 

This zip archive contains PDF versions of both worksheets in the Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package.

The curricular materials in this package are released under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Published June 15, 2012
Last Modified June 15, 2012

Stellar Parallax and Aberration Activity Worksheets (TeX source) 

This zip archive contains the LaTeX source and image files for both worksheets in the Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package.

The curricular materials in this package are released under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Published June 15, 2012
Last Modified June 15, 2012

Stellar Parallax and Aberration Activity Worksheets (MS Word) 

This zip archive contains Microsoft Word versions of both worksheets in the Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package.

The curricular materials in this package are released under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Published June 15, 2012
Last Modified June 15, 2012

Stellar Parallax and Aberration Activity Worksheets (HTML) 

This zip archive contains the HTML code and image files for both worksheets in the Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package.

The curricular materials in this package are released under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Published June 15, 2012
Last Modified June 15, 2012

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