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effect" sounds like the title of a sci-fi
lines at 1 inch intervals on a chalkboard.
shift of the position of the pencil is called
effect when the pencil is closer or further from
a pencil upright on a desk. On another desk
Sight on the single pencil from one of the added pencils, and note which vertical line it is near. Next, sight from the second added pencil, and record the parallax effect (the number of vertical lines the pencil seems to shift). Repeat the procedure with the pencils 12 and 18 inches apart.
experiences, you will find that two factors
1) the further the object from the observer, the smaller the parallax, and
2) the greater
the distance between sighting points, the
Astronomers can measure the distance to the moon in a similar way. The stars that are billions of miles away provide the background (much like the stationary vertical lines on the chalkboard).
on opposite sides of the earth sight on the moon
Astronomers have found that there is a difference of 1 degree between the background star and the moon for each observer; therefore, the base angle for each is 89 degrees, and the parallax angle for the moon is 2 degrees.
to scale by drawing a line that is 1 yard long,
defines parallax as "any alteration in the
"A star's distance (d) in parsecs is thus the reciprocal of its parallax (p) in seconds of arc (or d = 1/p). Geocentric parallax, used to determine the distances of solar system objects, is measured similarly; the diameter of the earth, rather than that of its orbit, however, is used as the baseline."
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