Barnard's Star

Credit: 
NSO

Aimed at pupils aged 14-18, this workshop allows students to determine the distance of a nearby star using the parallax effect, before calculating its transverse velocity. The task involves measuring the movement of Barnard's Star in relation to two adjacent fixed stars, and then uses algebra and trigonometry to discover more about its motion.

Duration: 
60 mins

Age Suitability: 
14 to 16
16 to 18

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