Distance to the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy: An Experiment for Intermediate-Level Students Using Research Data and Professional Analysis Tools

Fitzgerald, Michael T. and Feteris, Susan and Gillessen, Stefan and Eisenhauer, Frank (2008) Distance to the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy: An Experiment for Intermediate-Level Students Using Research Data and Professional Analysis Tools. Astronomy Education Review, 7 (1). pp. 92-102. ISSN 15391515

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Abstract

The most recent data on stars orbiting Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, have been used in an experiment undertaken by second-year university students to determine the distance Rθ to the center of the galaxy. Students applied each of Kepler’s 17th-century laws, in turn, to 21st-century data. The experiment, pedagogic considerations, and student learning are described.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2017 13:50
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/310

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