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Astronomy - Intro to Lab

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Universe
- Everything physical that exists in space and time ~ all matter and engery that ever has or will exist
Stars
huge balls of gas that emit light
Galaxies
groupings of stars that are bound together by gravity
Why do we use a different measurement system for the universe than on Earth?
the distance of the universe is so huge
How is the "light year" designated?
"C"
How far will light travel in one light year?
9.5x10^15m ~ 10 trillion km
Astronomical Unit ~ How far?
the distance between the Sun and the Earth ~ 150 million km
Elliptical Galaxy
the stars in this galaxy form an egg like or spherical shape
What color do Elliptical Galaxies tend to appear? ~ Why?
red ~ the stars are older
What is an example of an Elliptical Galaxy?
M87
Irregular Galaxy
galaxies that do not have a well defined shape or structure
What color are Irregular Galaxies? ~ Why?
blue ~ the stars are relitivly young
Give 2 examples of Irregular Galaxies
the Large Magellanic Cloud and the neighboring Small Magellanic Cloud
Spiral Galaxy
stars form arms that give the appearance of a spiral
What color are Spiral Galaxies? ~ Why?
blue ! the stars are relitivly young
Give 2 examples of a Spiral Galaxy
Milky Way and M83
Active Galaxy
emits a large amount of energy
Starburst Galaxy
creates new stars at a very high rate (a type of Active Galaxy) ~ 100 new stars per year
What is an example of a Starburst Galaxy?
M82
Active Galactic Nucleolus
the center of the galaxies are black holes
How is a black hole created?
the outside of a dying star is pulled to the center of the star toward the pull of gravity
Cluster
galaxies grouped together rather than spread apart
What Cluster does the Milky Way belong to?
The Local Group (5 million light years across)
Super Clusters
clusters of galaxies that come together (can be 100 million light years across)
Why can stars emit light?
at the center of most stars hydrogen is being converted into helium through a pressure called nuclear fusion, this creates a huge amount of energy
Gravitational Force
force that attracts 2 objects
What determines the amount of gravitational pull?
the larger or more mass an object has
Electromagnetic Force
holds the atom together ~ also acts between electrically charged particles
Strong Force
makes and holds protons and neutrons ~ only works on the nuclear level
Weak Force
keeps the nucleus together (has been over come by a radio active element ~ Beta decay)
Why is the energy from the nuclear fusion reactions created ?
both protons have overcome the Electromagnetic Force and the Weak and Strong Force take over
What size star is our Sun?
a medium star
How big (mass and km) is the Sun?
2x10^30 kg ~ 1.4 million km across
The Sun's light completely dominates our day because...
of it's proximity
How are stars classified?
according to thier intensity and size
What is a star's life cycle determined by?
it's size
What will the sun become when it runs out of hydrogen? ~ What part of the sun expands at this point?
a Red Giant ~ the outer layer
Past what point do Astronimers think that the sun will expand when it reaches this point?
past the Earth's orbit
Planetary Nebula
the core of a middle star will contract and become carbon and oxygen
White Dwarf
- The carbon oxygen core is still hot but not enough to produce heaver element the remaining core is the white dwarf
Super Giants
Stars that are 1.4 times larger than our sun and Huge stars and giant stars are formed from them
Supernova
- Like medium stars the core of these large stars become carbon and oxygen but the size of these stars because they are so big allow nuclear fusion reactions until iron is formed ~ The forces that usually keep a star in balance or intact causes it to explode
How are Black Holes and Neutron Stars formed?
A star that has gone supernova will contract
What determines whether a star becomes a black hole or a neutron star? What kind of star becomes what?
It's size ~ huge star becomes a neutron star ~ a giant star becomes a black hole
Where is our solar system located?
on the Orion arm of the Milky Way Galaxy
What is the theory of the creation of our sun?
formed out of an interstellar cloud (between stars)
How did the planets form (in theory)
form by accretion (the clumping together of particles)
The Sun
he closest star to us - heats our planet and keeps everything alive on Earth
The core of the Sun
- Contains hydrogen and helium atoms, the temps and pressure are so great that it creates thermonuclear fusion
The radiative zone
The heat that is generated in the core transfers to the next layer
How fast is the heat transfer?
very slow
Convection zone
Heat continues to be transferred to the outer layer of the sun but it is transferred by convection
Photosphere
the surface of the sun that makes the sun apear to have color
How hot is the core of the sun said to be?
13,600,000 degrees Kelvin
Hot hot is the Photoshpere said to be?
6,000 degrees K
Chromosphere
First layer of the atmosphere of the sun, it is like our troposphere
Corona
Second layer of the sun's atmosphere only can be seen during total eclipse
Mercury
the planet closest to the sun

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