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Measurement of the Solar Rotation Rate with Tracker
written by Mario Belloni
The Measurement of the Solar Rotation Rate with Tracker Lab uses the Tracker video analysis tool to measure and analyze the motion of sunspots to determine the solar rotation rate.  This lab uses 31 still images taken 1 day apart of the Sun.

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 Solar Rotation Rate 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.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
3 supplemental documents are available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Curricula
- The Sun
= Space Weather
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Laboratory
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
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Free access
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This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.
Rights Holder:
Mario Belloni
Keywords:
astronomy, solar, sun, sunspots, tracker, video analysis
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created January 9, 2012 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
November 6, 2021 by Lyle Barbato
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January 9, 2012
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M. Belloni, Computer Program MEASUREMENT OF THE SOLAR ROTATION RATE WITH TRACKER (2012), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11617&DocID=2517).
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M. Belloni, Computer Program MEASUREMENT OF THE SOLAR ROTATION RATE WITH TRACKER (2012), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11617&DocID=2517>.
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Belloni, M. (2012). Measurement of the Solar Rotation Rate with Tracker [Computer software]. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11617&DocID=2517
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Belloni, Mario. "Measurement of the Solar Rotation Rate with Tracker." https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11617&DocID=2517 (accessed 12 August 2022).
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Belloni, Mario. Measurement of the Solar Rotation Rate with Tracker. Computer software. 2012. Java (JRE) 1.5. 12 Aug. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11617&DocID=2517>.
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