Notes: 3A - Our Moving Planet

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Concepts

  • Rotation - Rotating around an axis
  • Revolution - Orbiting and rotating at the same time
  • Axial Tilt - 23.5° from the equator of the Sun
  • Precession - Slow changes to the Orbit and Axial Tilt

Summary Question(s) / Task(s)

  • Diagram, Label and Explain using one diagram the concepts of rotation and revolution (must show direction components)
  • Diagram, Label and Explain the key idea of precession using a spinning top or gyroscope (these are toys you have seen in your life, google them if you don't know what these toys are). Must describe why precession does not happen more than a few degrees from the North Pole (Polaris) Star)

Educator / Teacher Resources

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