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published by the Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska
written by Kevin M. Lee
This simulation-based module introduces the Horizon Coordinate system and the Equatorial Coordinate system of mapping the sky. The relationship between the two coordinate systems is explicitly explored. Students can change the rate of rotation, the position of the observer, and add or delete stars in the sky. Instructor resources are available including student manuals, assessment materials, and a list of the assumptions used.

Editor's Note:The Horizon Coordinate system is defined with respect to an individual observer standing on the earth. The Equatorial Coordinate system maps celestial objects by projecting the Earth's geographic poles and equator onto the celestial sphere. Both systems have advantages/disadvantages, and this module explores each.

This is part of a collection of astronomy applets.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Celestial Mechanics
= Night Sky
- Solar System
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Orbits
Mathematical Tools
- Coordinate Systems
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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© 2006 University of Nebraska
Permission is granted to use for noncommercial purposes as long as it remains unmodified.
Keywords:
azimuth, celestial coordinates, celestial sphere, declination, horizon, orbit, polar distance, rotating sky, sidereal time
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K. Lee, (Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2006), WWW Document, (http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion2/motion2.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
K. Lee, Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: The Rotating Sky Lab, (Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2006), <http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion2/motion2.html>.
APA Format
Lee, K. (2011, March 26). Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: The Rotating Sky Lab. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska: http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion2/motion2.html
Chicago Format
Lee, Kevin. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: The Rotating Sky Lab. Lincoln: Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, March 26, 2011. http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion2/motion2.html (accessed 21 December 2014).
MLA Format
Lee, Kevin. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: The Rotating Sky Lab. Lincoln: Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, 2006. 26 Mar. 2011. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion2/motion2.html>.
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Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: The Rotating Sky Lab:

Is Part Of The Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Online Labs for Introductory Level Astronomy

A link to the full index of simulation-based modules for introductory astronomy, developed by the Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project.

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Accompanies Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Motions of the Sun Lab

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