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Astronomy

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astronomers
People who study objects in space
Big Bang Theory
A theory that states that the universe is 13.7 billions years old. A tiny hot spec that started to expand and cool over time.
celestial bodies
All the objects in space including the Sun, moon, planets and stars
cosmological red shift
Wavelengths of radiated light that are being constantly stretched (lengthened) as the light crosses the expanding
electromagnetic radiation
Radiation that has different wavelengths. Gamma rays with the shortest and radio waves with the longest.
elliptical galaxy
A galaxy that is shaped as a perfect sphere or an elliptical shape that contains the oldest stars. Scientists have estimated that more than half of the galaxies in the universe are ______
irregular galaxy
A galaxy that doesnt have an apparent shape and contains old and new stars
nebula
A cloud of dust and gas that forms a star
red shift
A shifting of light from an object towards the red end of the spectrum as the object moves away from earth
spectroscope
An optical instrument that separates light into basic component colours
spiral galaxy
One of three types of galaxies. It Looks like a pinwheel from the top and from the side, it looks like a plate with a bulge in the center. The newer stars are on the edge and older ones are closer to the core. Our solar system is part of an ____ ______ and our sun is in the center of an arm.
star cluster
A group of stars held together by gravity. Open (100's to 1000's) and globular (1000's to millions).
asteroid
Small rocky bodies in our solar system, most of which orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter
axis
An imaginary line from the poles of planets
black hole
A very dense celestial body (that is made when a super nova collapses on itself) with a strong gravitational pull.
comet
They usually come from the Kuiper's belt and orbit the sun in an elliptical pattern.
Doppler effect
The change in wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation or sound that occurs because of the movement of the source relative to an observer
fusion
When two hydrogen atoms fuse together to make helium. The nuclei of the two atoms fuse together to form a single atom, creating an enormous amount of energy
interstellar matter
The material that fills space, made up of gas (mostly hydrogen) and dust
light year
The time it takes for light to travel in a year. light travels at 300 000km/s so a ______ is equivalent to 9.5 trillion km
moon
A natural satellite that orbits a plant
parallax
The apparent shift of an object against a stationary background due to the change in position of the observer. Closer objects have a bigger shift.
planet
A celestial body that orbits one or more stars, it is large enough that its own gravity holds it in a spherical shape, and is the only body occupying the orbital (elliptical) path
revolution
The motion of an celestial body moving all they way around another. (ex. the earth orbits the sun and the moon orbits the earth)
rotation
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solar system
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star
A sphericle ball of gas that radiates energy from its core
supernova
A Violent Explosion
triangulation
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axis tilt
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constellations
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Copernicus
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ethics
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Galileo
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geosynchronous orbit
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holistic
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Kepler
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lunar eclipse
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lunar month
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optical telescope
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probe
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Ptolemy
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radio telescope
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rover
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satellite
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solar eclipse
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terraform
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Western Science
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