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Precession Eric Angat Teacher. Copy and answer the following questions. 1.What is precession? 2.What is the orbital tilt of Earth? 3.What are the two.

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1 Precession Eric Angat Teacher

2 Copy and answer the following questions. 1.What is precession? 2.What is the orbital tilt of Earth? 3.What are the two factors that causes the precession of Earth? 4.What is our current north star?

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4 Imbalance on the distribution of lands. Earth's daily rotation at about 1,000 mph. This produces flattening at the poles and bulging at the equator. bulging flattening

5 What is Precession? Earth’s axis rotation Earth precessionnutation Remember: Earth’s axis is only an imaginary line.

6 Comparing Rotation and Precession ROTATION PRECESSION Spinning Earth spins. Earth’s axis spins. Day and night. Changes our North star. 24 hours 26,000 years

7 What is Precession? Precession is the rotation of Earth’s axis. Earth’s axis rotation Earth precession nutation Earth’s rotation takes 24 hrs. while Earth’s axis rotation takes 26,000 years.

8 What is the orbital tilt of Earth? Earth’s orbital tilt is 23.5 degrees. This tilt is responsible for the seasons on Earth.

9 What are the two factors that causes the precession of Earth? 1. Earth’s shape is oblate spheroid. The spinning motion of Earth causes it to bulge at the equator.

10 What are the two factors that causes the precession of Earth? 2. Uneven gravitational pull of the moon and the Sun. The orbits of Earth and moon are not on the same plane causing the gravitational imbalance.

11 Uneven gravitational pull Precession happens because moon’s orbit is tilted from the Earth’s elliptical plane

12 Precession is similar to a spinning top.

13 What is our current North star? Earth’s current northern star is Polaris. Thousands of years from now it would be Deneb. Earth’s axis

14 Deneb Polaris Vega Thuban (Alpha draconis) Constellations-group of stars forming a shape.

15 Polaris

16 Copy and answer the following questions. 5.How long is Earth’s complete rotation on its axis? 6.What is the direction of Earth’s rotation? 7.How long is Earth’s complete revolution?

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18 Copy and answer the following questions. 5.How long is Earth’s complete rotation on its axis? 6. What is the direction of Earth’s rotation? 7. How long is Earth’s complete revolution? Earth complete rotation takes 23 hours and 54 minutes Earth rotates counterclockwise. Earth’s complete revolution takes days

19 8. The spinning motion of Earth’s rotation causes it to bulge at the ________. a.North pole b.South pole c.Equator d.hemisphere Equator

20 9. Earth rotation on its axis causes _____________. a.seasons b.weather c.tide d.day and night day and night

21 10. Earth’s Northern star changes because of_____________. The cycle completes every 26,000 years. a.rotationc. nutation b.precessiond. revolution precession

22 11. NUTATION or the ½ degree wobbling around the precessional axis due to the uneven gravitational pull of the moon and the oblate shape of Earth affects which of the following? a.northern star b.gravity c.seasons d.tide

23 12. PRECESSION or the rotation of the Earth’s axis changes our _____________ every few thousand years. a.northern star b.gravity c.seasons d.tide northern star

24 13. Why does Earth experience precession? A.because the Earth revolves around the sun every 365 days B.because of the movement of the circumpolar stars and Polaris C.because the Earth is the third planet from the sun D.because the plane of the moon’s orbit is tilted from the Earth’s elliptical plane

25 Vocabulary Words: 1.Rotation- earth spins on its axis - completes in 24 hours ( day and night) 2. Revolution –Earth spins around the Sun. - completes in 365 days (year). 3. Precession – Earth’s axis spins/rotates. - completes in 26,000 years. - changes our northern star. 4. Nutation- irregularity ( zig-zag) in Earth’s precession by ½ or 0.5 degree. - influences seasons. 5. Earth’s 23.5 degrees tilt on its axis is responsible for the seasons, not the distance from the Sun.


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