Proving The Orbits Of The Galilean Moons Through Astrophotography

Iachel, Gustavo (2009) Proving The Orbits Of The Galilean Moons Through Astrophotography. Revista Latino-Americana de Educacao em Astronomia, 8. pp. 37-49. ISSN 1806-7573


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An activity related to the observation of the Galilean moons and to amateur astrophotography is presented in this work. Through the reading of excerpts of the book Sidereus Nuncius (Sidereal Messenger), by Galileo, it is possible to trace a methodology to observe the planet and its natural satellites and, with the aid of the astrophotography, to analyze the field recordings. Moreover, it is possible to compare the images obtained after plotting the relative positions of these moons to prove their orbits. This activity can be conducted by teachers, students and amateur astronomers, in order to develop their capabilities of observation of astronomical phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2017 09:32
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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