2The Roots of AstronomyAlready in the stone and bronze ages, human cultures realized the cyclic nature of motions in the sky.Monuments dating back to ~ 3000 B.C. show alignments with astronomical significance.Those monuments were probably used as calendars or even to predict eclipses.
3StonehengeConstructed: 3000 – 1800 B.C.Summer solsticeHeelstoneAlignments with locations of sunset, sunrise, moonset and moonrise at summer and winter solsticesProbably used as calendar.
4Pythagoras 580BC - 500 BC Calls the heavens “cosmos”. 4/1/2017Pythagoras580BC BCCalls the heavens “cosmos”.Suggest that Earth is spherical.The First Scientific TheoryThe daily motion of the sun and the starry heavens is due to the earth rotating in a circle
5Eudoxus Geocentric Universe 408BC - 355 BC 4/1/2017EudoxusGeocentric Universe408BC BCHomo centric model of the UniverseWhat is wrong with the model?Observation of MarsHomocentric hollow Spheres
6Aristotle Earth is Round 348 BC Lunar Eclipses Shape of Earth 4/1/2017Aristotle348 BCLunar EclipsesShape of EarthShadow during Lunar eclipseEarth is roundDifferent sky for A and B.The ocean liner in the seaABEarth is Round
7Aristarchus 300 BC - 200 BC Heliocentric 4/1/2017AristarchusEarth Shadow300 BC BCFrom earth shadow in Lunar eclipse: determines Moon-Earth diameterFrom Trigonometry and phases of the Moon: Sun-Earth-Moon distanceProposes Heliocentric Universe1/3MoonMoonSunEarth201Heliocentric
8Eratosthenes How big is Earth? 276 BC - 195 BC Size of the earth. 4/1/2017Eratosthenes276 BC BCSize of the earth.when the sun is directly overhead at noon on some summer day in Syene the sunray made a 7-degree angle for an obelisk in Alexandria.How big is Earth?
10Calculations Eratosthenes calculation 4/1/2017CalculationsEratosthenes calculationDistance between Syene and Alexandria = 500 milesOne full circle = 360 degreesObelisk angle difference = 7 degrees7/360 = 500/CC = ( ) / 7 = 26,000 miles
11Hiparchus 200 BC - 100 BC Catalogs the positions of stars 4/1/2017Hiparchus200 BC BCCatalogs the positions of starsBrightness scale for stars: Magnitude scaleMotion of Sun: Tropical year Sidereal year
12Ptolemy 100 AD -200 AD Wrote Astronomy text Almagest. Geocentric model 4/1/2017Ptolemy100 AD -200 ADWrote Astronomy text Almagest.Geocentric modelEarth center of the universe and the moon, mercury and Venus are in between the earth and sun.
13Later refinements (2nd century B.C.) Hipparchus: Placing the Earth away from the centers of the “perfect spheres”Ptolemy: Further refinements, including epicycles
14Introduced to explain retrograde (westward) motion of planets EpicyclesIntroduced to explain retrograde (westward) motion of planetsThe Ptolemaic system was considered the “standard model” of the Universe until the Copernican Revolution.
16Copernican Revolution Copernicus ( )Supported heliocentric model of the Universe.Explained Retrograde Motion.The apparent retrograde motion of Mars is created by the fact that the earth passes Mars. This occurs every 26 months.Determined distances to the planets.
17Copernicus’ new (and correct) explanation for retrograde motion of the planets Retrograde (westward) motion of a planet occurs when the Earth passes the planet.This made Ptolemy’s epicycles unnecessary.
18Tycho Brahe (1546 - 1601) He proposed a model of the solar system. The Sun and the Moon orbit the earth while the other planets orbit the Sun.Invented instruments for planetary motion studies.Discovered exploding stars and comets.Debated the validity of the heliocentric model.Realized that the Universe is changing and is complex.
19Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) Circular motion and Uniform motion. Used the precise observational tables of Tycho Brahe (1546 – 1601) to study planetary motion mathematically.Found a consistent description by abandoning bothCircular motion andUniform motion.Planets move around the sun on elliptical paths, with non-uniform velocities.
20Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642 ) Discovered the law of falling bodies. All objects fall to earth at the same rate in the absences of air resistance. In other words all falling objects experience the same acceleration due to gravity in vacuums.First person to use the telescope for Astronomy.Studied in detail the moon surface, sunspots, suns rotation, Jupiter’s satellite, Saturn (not including the rings) the Milky Way and the phases of Venus.
21Issac Newton ( )Discovered the laws of Motion (Details to come later)Discovered the law of Gravity (Details to come later)
22The Modern Ideas –Einstein and Weird physics Weird Physics - EinsteinTheory of Special RelativityGeneral Theory of RelativitySpace-Time continuumSource: Wikipedia