Earth and Space. Part 1 – History of Astronomy. Ancient Astronomers - Egyptians. Created myths to explain the heavens Had “sun gods” and “moon gods” Built temples and pyramids with astronomical orientation. . Ancient Astronomers – The Maya.
Part 1 – History of Astronomy
Part 2 – Leaving Earth
ability to function in
and spacecraft safely.
equipment to space flight
up to two weeks in duration.
orbiting vehicles and to maneuver the docked combination by using the target vehicle\'s propulsion system;
Part 3 – The Solar System
About 93 million miles from Earth – That distance is used as a standard unit of measurement in astronomy (astronomical unit or AU)
Takes light 8 min 19 sec to reach Earth from the Sun
Considered a “yellow dwarf” type star
4 large moons with distinct characteristics
Io is volcanically active
Europa may have a liquid ocean beneath the frozen crust
Ganymede is the only moon known to have its own magnetic field
Castillo may also have water beneath the crustThe Solar System: Jupiter
Blue/green color comes from the methane
Direction of rotation is tipped over – possibly from a collision with a large body early in its history
27 known moons
11 known ringsThe Solar System: Uranus