Physics - From Stargazers to Starships
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Physics - From Stargazers to Starships

By David P. Stern
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Book Description

An introduction to astronomy written with a historical perspective. Stargazers deals with the world of gravity – of massive planets and stars, and the way spaceflight is achieved despite their strong pull.

To access a customizable version of this book, as well as other interactive content, visit www.ck12.org

The complete “Stargazers to Starships” collection includes such parts as a 14-part overview of the solar system, a “Math Refresher,” translations to French, Spanish and Italian, lesson plans, 500 answered questions by users, a detailed timeline and much more, all linked from http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sintro.htm.  

Table of Contents
  • CK-12 License
  • CK-12 Author Attribution
  • Stargazers and Sunwatchers
    • Watchers of the Heavens
    • Elevation of the Sun
  • The Celestial Sphere
    • Polaris, the Pole Star
    • The Mounting of a Telescope
    • Planets and the Zodiac
    • Note on Earth's Rotation
  • Finding the Pole Star
    • The Big Dipper
    • Cassiopeia
    • Further Exploration
  • The Ecliptic
    • Signs of the Zodiac
    • The Ecliptic
    • The Planets and the Moon
  • Making a Sundial
    • A Paper Sundial
    • Exploring Further
  • Seasons of the Year
    • Equinox and Solstice
    • Summer and Winter
    • Some Interesting Facts
  • The Angle of the Sun's Rays
  • The Moon: the Distant View
    • The Month
    • The Face of the Moon
    • The Gravity Gradient
    • Earthshine
  • The Moon: a Closer Look
    • The View Through the Telescope
    • The Craters
    • The Airless Moon
    • In the Space Age
    • Achievements of “Project Apollo"
    • Since Apollo
    • Exploring Further
  • Latitude and Longitude
    • Latitude
    • Longitude
    • About Time: Local and Universal
    • Local Time (LT) and Time Zones
    • The Date Line and Universal Time (UT)
    • Right Ascension and Declination
    • Exploring Further
  • Navigation
    • Finding latitude with the Pole Star
    • Finding latitude with the noontime Sun
    • Longitude
    • Tales of Navigation #1: Robert Wood
    • Tales of Navigation #2: Nansen
  • Coordinates
    • Coordinates on a Flat Plane
    • Polar Coordinates
    • Azimuth and Elevation
  • The Cross Staff
  • The Calendar
    • The Day
    • The Year
    • The Moon
    • The Islamic Calendar
    • The Persian Calendar
    • The Maya Calendar
    • Exploring Further
  • Precession
    • The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius
    • The Precession of the Earth's Axis
    • Ice Ages
    • The Milankovich Theory
    • Exploring Further
  • The Round Earth and Columbus
    • Eratosthenes, Posidonius and El Mamun
    • Columbus Again
  • Distance to the Horizon
  • Parallax
    • Pre-Trigonometry
    • Estimating Distance Outdoors
    • How far to a Star?
  • Estimating the Distance to the Moon
    • Aristarchus' Method
    • A Few Extra Details
  • Distance to the Moon, Part 2
    • The Eclipse
    • The Distance to the Moon
    • A more accurate calculation
    • Final comments
  • Does the Earth Revolve Around the Sun
  • The Earth's Shadow
  • The Planets
    • Venus and Mercury
    • Mars and Jupiter
    • Components of the Solar System
    • Early History, False Leads
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