An Introductory Astronomy Lab

[Obelisk in Alexandria] In this lab exercise you will be following the methods of the Ancients (Greek Astronomers of Alexandria) to determine the sizes of the Earth, Moon and Sun and also the distances between them. Most of these measurements were quite difficult for the ancient astronomers to carry out and although you will be following their methods you will be using better observations than were available to them. In fact, you will see that the simple model which the Ancients had of the Sun-Earth-Moon system allows quite accurate determination of distances when good observations are used.

The steps to follow:

References, credits, etc. will be available soon.

Written by Joachim Stadel and Luis Mendoza
1998, Astronomy Department, University of Washington

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Last update: Apr.7,1998

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