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Celestial Coordinate Systems K-12 Coordinate Curriculum Karen Lancour Chandra Resource Agent and Mark Van Hecke Chandra Resource Agent.

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1 Celestial Coordinate Systems K-12 Coordinate Curriculum Karen Lancour Chandra Resource Agent and Mark Van Hecke Chandra Resource Agent

2 Night Sky Sky appears as inside of a very large sphere 88 constellations Important to specify positions of objects in the sky in relation to one another Coordinate systems

3 Appearance of the Night Sky 3-dimensional space appears as a 2- dimensional flat surface Like a photograph or drawing Different methods are used to determine distance from earth

4 Spherical Coordinates Geographic & Celestial systems are spherical coordinate systems 2-dimensional systems Fundamental Plane – Equator Polar Axis North & South Poles

5 Celestial Sphere Huge, hollow, imaginary sphere Infinite radius Appears to rotate east to west Earth is actually rotating west to east Celestial Equator North Celestial Pole and South Celestial Pole

6 Coordinate Systems – Different Reference Planes Major Coordinates Systems Different reference planes for Celestial Sphere North-South Axis perpendicular to reference plane Developed to facilitate different perspectives

7 Coordinates – Angular Measurements Angular measurements Latitude-like coordinates Longitude-like coordinates Zero point of longitude Local meridian

8 Latitude and Longitude Circles of latitude Same latitude Meridians of longitude Same longitude Zero point or prime meridian

9 Geographic System Equator is 0 degrees North Pole is 90 degrees N. South Pole is 90 degrees S. Greenwich meridian 0 to 180 degrees east 0 to 180 degrees west

10 Geographic Coordinates 360 degrees of arc in a circle Each degree has 60 minutes of arc Each minute of arc has 60 seconds of arc

11 Geographic and Celestial Coordinate Systems Spherical Coordinate System Geographic Latitude - Longitude Horizon Alt-AZ Local Equatorial HA – Dec Equatorial RA-Dec Ecliptic Longitude-Latitude Galactic Longitude-Latitude Earth vs. Sky Based System EarthEarth - LocalEarth – LocalSky Great Circle of Fundamental Plane ( x-y plane) Equator Astronomical Horizon Celestial Equator EclipticGalactic Plane Polar Axis (z axis) North and South Earth Poles Zenith, NadirNorth and South Celestial Poles North and South Celestial Poles North and South Ecliptic Poles North and South Galactic Poles Latitude-Like Coordinates N is + 90  S is – 90  Latitude (L, lat) 0 to 90  N 0  to 90  S Altitude (Alt) Latitude of Observer 0 to + 90  Declination (Dec) 0 to +90  (N) 0 to – 90  (S) Declination (Dec) 0 to + 90  (N) 0 to – 90  (S) Ecliptic Latitude (Lat) 0 to +90  (N) 0 to – 90  (S) Galactic Latitude (B) 0 to +90  (N) 0 to – 90  (S) Longitude- Like Coordinates 360  Longitude (long) 0  to 180  E and 0  to 180  W Azimuth (AZ) N=0 , E=90  S=180 , W=270  Clockwise - LH (E to W) Hour Angle (HA) 0 – 24 Hrs. Clockwise - LH (E to W) Right Ascension (RA) 0 to 24 hr or 0 to 360  Counterclockwise- RH (W to E) Ecliptic Longitude (Lon) 0 to 360  Counterclockwise- RH (W to E) Galactic Longitude (L) 0 to 360  Counterclockwise-RH (W to E) Longitude (Zero Point) Prime MeridianNorth Point of Horizon Celestial Meridian Zero-Point Affixed to Earth Vernal Equinox Zero-Point Affixed to Sky Vernal EquinoxGalactic Center Physical BasisCircumference of the Earth Direction of Gravity Earth’s Rotation Earth’s Orbital Motion Galactic Plane Used For:Determining Geographic Location Personal Observation and Some telescopes Setting of Telescopes To Track Objects Cataloging Positions and to Determine Locations Solar System Structure Milky Way and Other Galactic Structures

12 Horizon System For Personal Observation Plane of local horizon Zenith – 90 degrees above horizon Nadir – 90 degrees below horizon Horizon affected by the latitude of the observer.

13 Horizon System - Alt-AZ Altitude – angle of object above the horizon Azimuth – angle of object around the horizon clockwise from north

14 Horizon System - Alt-az Altitude = 0 to 90 deg Azimuth = 0 to 360 deg North point defined North = 0 deg East = 90 deg South = 180 deg West = 270 deg

15 Horizon System Observer’s view Geography dependent Altitude of NCP = latitude of observer. Time and Season dependent Same object has different coordinates at different times

16 Local Horizon – North Pole View from North Pole Zenith is North Celestial Pole Local horizon is parallel to Celestial Equator Stars rotate parallel to horizon (celestial equator) Stars never rise and set

17 Local Horizon – Fairbanks View from Fairbanks Altitude of NCP equals latitude of observer. Stars move parallel to the celestial equator As one moves south, the NCP moves away from zenith toward the north point of horizon

18 Local Horizon - Seattle View from Seattle Stars rise in east and set in west NCP moves further away from Zenith Arc of star movement above horizon gets steeper

19 Local Horizon – Los Angeles View from Los Angeles 34 deg latitude NCP at 34 deg above the horizon and 56 deg from zenith All observers on 34th parallel see the same star path Star path is steeper

20 Local Horizon – Equator View from equator NCP is parallel to local horizon Celestial Equator is perpendicular to local horizon Zenith is on celestial equator Stars rise and set perpendicular to horizon

21 Local Equatorial System Stars rise in east and set in west Motion of each star = parallel of declination on the Celestial Sphere Celestial Equator is half way between NCP and SCP Related to sidereal “star” time Used to track motion of stars

22 Local Equatorial System “HA-dec” Used to track objects Latitude (Declination) is from the Celestial Sphere Longitude uses Hour Angle Follows star path from east to west Is still time dependent at local meridian

23 Hour Angle Time before and after star reaches zenith of its path

24 Equatorial System “RA-dec” Used to catalog objects Celestial Sphere Celestial Equator NCP and SCP Declination (latitude) Right Ascension (longitude) Vernal Equinox

25 Declination Angle above Celestial Equator Parallels of Declination CE = 0 deg NCP = 90 deg SCP = - 90 deg

26 Right Ascension Hour circles or “meridians” Equator = 360 arc deg circumference Measured as hours (24 hours) 1 hr = 15 arc degrees Counterclockwise 0h = vernal equinox

27 Ecliptic From Earth, 1.Sun ‘s apparent path 2.Inclined 23.5 deg to Celestial Equator 3.Vernal Equinox 4.Autumnal equinox 5.Winter Solstice 6.Summer Solstice

28 Ecliptic System Earth revolves around sun = ecliptic Ecliptic is fundamental plane Axis of rotation North Ecliptic Pole South Ecliptic Pole Planets have similar paths around sun

29 Ecliptic System & Planets Used to study solar system Except for Pluto at 17 degrees Orbital Inclination within 7 degrees of Ecliptic PlanetOrbital Inclination Mercury 7.00° Venus 3.39° Earth 0.00° Mars 1.85° Jupiter 1.31° Saturn 2.49° Uranus 0.77° Neptune 1.77° Pluto 17.15°

30 Zodiac Constellations As earth revolves, sky appearance changes. Constellations around ecliptic called Zodiac

31 Galactic System Study Milky Way and beyond Plane of Galaxy Inclined about 63 deg to Celestial Equator

32 Galactic System Fundamental plane = plane of Milky Way Galactic Equator North Galactic Pole South Galactic Pole Center of Galaxy

33 Galactic Coordinates Galactic Latitude NGP = 90 deg SGP = -90 deg Galactic Longitude Counterclockwise 0 to 360 deg 0 = center of our galaxy

34 Coordinate Curriculum K-13 Elementary Activities Middle School – Junior High Activities Senior High Activities Aligned to National Standards Involve science, geography, math, language arts, art, problem-solving Introductory, skill-development, and assessment activities

35 Chandra Related to 1. Chandra Classroom-ready activities as Stellar Evolution, Variable Stars, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Imaging for Junior and Senior High 2. ds9 and Visual Observatory 3. Chandra Sky Map

36 Science Olympiad Related to 1.Elementary Science Olympiad events in Starry, Starry Night and Map Reading 2.Reach for the Stars and Road Scholar for Division B 3.Astronomy and Remote Sensing for Division C 4.Trial events as Global Positioning Systems

37 Tools of Astronomy 3-d models, globes, grids, star maps, charts, graphs, quadrant, astrolabe, cross-staff, pinhole protractor, parallax, hand angles binoculars, telescope, star lab, planetarium Computer technology as Chandra Sky Map, ds9, Remote Sensing, GPS, Sky Map programs Coordinates, measurements, angles, relative positions, times, navigation

38 Sample Activity Chandra’s Stellar Evolution poster recently in the Science Teacher magazine Map projections Coordinate grids Problem-solving

39 Chandra’s Stellar Evolution Poster

40 Map Projections Attempts to represent sphere on flat map Always some distortion Types to emphasize specific regions of sphere

41 Sky Maps

42 Whole Sky (Aitoff) Projection Whole sky projection is popular with astronomers Projections for Equatorial, Ecliptic, or Galactic Systems

43 Different Reference Planes




47 To explore the X-Ray Sky, click on a colored diamond in the sky map. Find out more about Galactic Navigation by taking a tour of the Galactic Coordinate System! Return to Photo Album Galactic Coordinate System Return to Photo Album Revised: January 03, 2005

48 Mercator - Equatorial Region Shows the regions near the equator Less distortion when put on a flat surface Regions north and south of equator

49 SC001 Equatorial Region Using Equatorial (RA-dec) System

50 SCOO1 - Declination Declination (latitude-like) from +60 deg above to -60 deg below celestial equator. Degrees, minutes, and seconds of arc

51 SC001 – Right Ascension Right Ascension (longitude-like) from 0-24 hrs. Hours, minutes, seconds Hour circles “meridians” of Right Ascension

52 Polar Region Circumpolar region North version South version

53 SC002 - Declination North Version 30 – 90 deg declination Parallels of declination Equatorial region not visible

54 SC002 – Right Ascension North polar version RA = 0 to 24 hours Hour circles or “meridians” Note the chart symbols for objects and magnitude

55 Coordinates Equatorial J2000 Equatorial B1950 GalacticEcliptic RADecRADecLBLonLat 02 h 31 ’ 49.08 “ 89 o 15 ’ 50.8 “ 01 h 48 ’ 56.79 “ 89 o 01 ’ 43.4 “ 123 o 16 ’ 50.0 “ 26 o 27 ’ 41.0 “ 88 o 34 ’ 03.3 “ 66 o 06 ’ 05.3 “ 37.954516 o 89.264109 o 27.236644 o 89.028733 o 123.280542 o 26.461395 o 88.567594 o 66.101463 o Longitude-like coordinate listed first Latitude-like coordinate listed second Equatorial coordinates will reflect epoch – B1950 or J2000 Polaris

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