Project STAR : The Universe in Your Hands

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Copyright: 2001-01-01
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Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
A Note to the Studentp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
The Daytime Skyp. 1
Using a Handy Tool to Locate Objects in the Skyp. 12
Plotting the Apparent Daily Motion of the Sunp. 16
Keeping a Journal of the Sun's Apparent Motionp. 18
The Nighttime Skyp. 21
Keeping a Journal of the Moon's Motionp. 35
Building and Using a Star Finderp. 37
The Celestial Sphere: A Model of the Skyp. 41
Building a Celestial Spherep. 59
Modeling the Sun's Apparent Motionp. 63
Modeling the Reasons for the Seasonsp. 69
Distances, Sizes, and Anglesp. 73
Estimating Size and Distancep. 83
Seeing Detailsp. 88
Measuring Angular Sizep. 91
About Lightp. 95
Judging Apparent Brightness at Various Distancesp. 108
About Mirrors and Lensesp. 113
Investigating Mirrorsp. 125
Investigating Pinholes and Lensesp. 128
Building and Using a Pinhole Tubep. 131
Building and Using an Astronomical Telescopep. 135
Earth, Moon, and Sunp. 143
Making Scale Models of the Earth, Moon, and Sunp. 160
Modeling the Phases of the Moonp. 163
The Paths of the Planetsp. 171
Plotting the Orbits of Mercury and Venusp. 179
Making a Scale Model of the Solar Systemp. 182
Keeping It All Together: Gravityp. 191
How Does a Pendulum Swing?p. 207
Starsp. 211
Estimating How Many 200-watt Bulbs "Equal" the Sunp. 229
Using a Flashlight to Estimate Distances to Starsp. 233
Using Apparent Brightness to Estimate Stellar Distancesp. 235
Building Three-Dimensional Models of Constellationsp. 241
More about Lightp. 245
Investigating Colors of the Spectrump. 254
Investigating the Colors of Objectsp. 260
What Do Filters Do?p. 265
Graphing the Spectrump. 269
More about Starsp. 273
Graphing Color and Temperaturep. 284
Measuring Colors with the Spectrometerp. 287
What Is the Sun Made Of?p. 289
The Milky Wayp. 293
Locating the Solar System in the Milky Way Galaxyp. 306
Galaxies and the Universep. 313
Determining Galaxy Sizes and Distancesp. 321
The Universe on a Rubber Bandp. 324
Observing the Structure of the Universep. 326
Odds and Endsp. 331
Tossing Coinsp. 343
Tossing Dicep. 345
Using Astrology to Identify a "Famous" Personp. 346
Trekking among the Starsp. 349
Portraits of the Planetsp. 361
Glossaryp. 379
Answers to Self-Test Questionsp. 383
Some Astronomy Resources on the World Wide Webp. 391
Illustration Creditsp. 393
Indexp. 395
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