Project Description

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Project: Parallax

Tier: 2

Location: ahcl

Other information, requirements, or equipment you must supply (may be blank): Starry Night or other planetarium software required

Measure the distance to the Moon using parallax from different locations on Earth (or different times if you want to try the complicated Greek method). Note this procedure is described in part of the parallax activity. Use the normal parallax technique (observations half a year apart) to measure the distance to alpha Centauri from Earth, Mars, and from Pluto. Make sure the time interval is half a year for that solar system object, not half an Earth year. Record your observations and show your calculations. Write a summary paragraph indicating what the distance to alpha Cen (actual and what you measured) is and where you had to go to get the most accurate result.