Life on the Tilted Teacup Ride [F-17-37]

Presenter: Aileen O'Donoghue
Location: SLU: Bewkes 232
Classes: 4 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Tue 10:30 AM 09/05, 09/12, 09/19, 09/26
Status: Course Closed

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We all know Earth rotates on its axis, but we have a harder time grasping that our “up” in Potsdam is about 45° from Earth’s “up” above the North Pole, the end of its rotation axis. In turn, Earth’s “up” is tilted 23.5° from the “up” of its orbit around the Sun, and the moon’s orbit is tilted 5° from Earth’s. In this course, we will explore the day, the year, phases of the moon and the apparent motion of the moon, planets, sun and stars.

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Aileen O’Donoghue is in her 30th year of teaching astronomy at SLU. She is active in astronomical research and LOVES watching the sky and sharing her knowledge of it. As she says, “It’s so enriching to know what’s going on when you look at celestial objects!” Aileen is a recipient of the “Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award."


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