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.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.6 of Java (JRE).
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Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package:
Contains Astronomical Parallax 2D
Contains Astronomical Parallax 3D
Contains Stellar Aberration 2D
Contains Stellar Aberration 3D
Is Based On Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool
The Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool is needed to explore the computational model used in the Stellar Parallax and Aberration Package.relation by Wolfgang Christian
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