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New vocabulary: define the following terms (attach a separate sheet of paper)
 Geocentric
 Heliocentric
 Equinox
 Solstice
 Lunar eclipse
 Solar eclipse
 Spring tides
 Neap tides
 AU
 Light year
 Star
 Galaxy
 Redshift
 Blueshift
No astronomer notes (know vocab terms above)
1. Diagram Earth’s rotation. List three things that it causes.
2. Diagram Earth’s revolution. List two things that it causes.
3. Diagram Earth’s tilt. List two things that it causes.
4. Diagram Earth’s precession. How often does it occur?
5. Use the following diagram:
a. Fill in the empty circles and
draw the phases of the Moon.
b. Label the different phases of
the Moon.
c. Indicate where a solar and
lunar eclipse would occur.
d. Indicate where a spring and
neap tide would occur.
6. According to Newton’s universal law of gravitation…
a. What is gravity?
b. How is it affected by increasing mass?
c. How is it affected by increasing distance?
7. Diagram the two high and low tides. What causes the two daily high tides?
8. What two forces are at work in a balanced main sequence star?
9. What is nuclear fusion? What takes place in the Sun?
10. What is the lifecycle of our Sun (what stages has it gone through and what stages will it
go through)?
11. How is a massive star’s lifecycle different?
12. What is the Big Bang Theory?
13. What does the Doppler shift indicate about galaxies?
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