Simple demonstration experiments for astronomical parallax

20 Jun 2017  ·  Pössel Markus ·

Parallax is the most important astronomical method for determining the distances from the Earth to nearby stars. We present two hands-on activities that explore the concepts and practice of parallax measurement... The first activity is a simple geometrical set-up using simple theodolites, and is accessible for students grade 7 and above. The second activity uses digital photography to recreate astronomical parallax measurements in a classroom setting, and is suitable for students grade 10 and above. read more

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