Second Paper 11-27-00
I attended the Wagner College Planetarium(located in Spiro Hall)on November 15, 2000 at 11:00 for research and to observe the stars, planets and our entire solar system more closely. There was a clear dome on the ceiling for us to see the sky. The director of the show was Dennis Anderson. He put the latitude to forty degrees, and dimmed the lights.
Up in the sky the stars are beautiful and bright. They seem, by the naked eye to be moving but the earth is what is actually moving. Everyone knows that the sky doesn't move. The earth rotates around the sun. The earth being in a different spot in its' orbit all the time gives us different stars to see at different times out of the year.
A star is a huge ball of glowing gas in the sky. The Sun is a star. It is the only star close enough to the earth to look like a ball. The other billions of stars are so far away that they are no more than a pinpoint of light.
A constellation is a bunch of stars in the sky that form a picture. Each Constellation has a definite time of the year when it reaches its highest point. At latitudes to far north or to far south of the equator, many constellations do not
Many years ago stars were known as navigation systems. It brought me to realize how fascinating the universe actually is. We live in a complicated universe if you think about it. The constellations appear to move westward as the earth rotates around the Sun. Light years are a measure of distance. However the brightest star nearest to the horizon is Venus. Some people believe we live in the barred galaxy. Most people will never even realize it. Messier 13 is 30,000 light years away. In conclusion my trip to Wagner College's Planetarium was not only very interesting but also very educational as well. He got a lot of credit for his time, which was around the 1700's. It separated the sky from north to south. Sailors used the stars to guide them on where they wanted to go.