# Chapter 24. Stars, Galaxies & the Universe. Distance units

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1 Chapter 24 Stars, Galaxies & the Universe Distance units To talk about space we need to come up with distance units a little more appropriate than just miles. Otherwise it would be like measuring from here to New York in inches! AU astronomical unit distance from the Earth to our Sun, about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers- use this unit when talking about things in our solar system. Light Year- distance light would travel in one year- a distance measurement, not a time measurement!!- 5,900,000,000,000 miles (5.9 x miles). Use this unit when talking about distances between stars & galaxies. 1

2 How big are we talkin about? Earth Sun Solar System Galaxy Universe Earth: diameter 7,926 miles Sun: diameter 870,000 miles Over 1 million Earths could fit inside the Sun Sun is 93 million miles away = 1 AU (astronomical unit) Solar System: 80 AU s in diameter 1 Light Year = 5,900,000,000,000 miles ( 5.9 x miles) Closet star to the Sun = Proxima Centauri = 4.22 Light Years away Milky Way Galaxy = 100,000 light years across & 12,000 light years thick Nearest Galaxy to ours is Andromeda = 2 million light years away Universe is estimated to be 156 billion light years across The Electromagnetic Spectrum We observe stars by the EMR (electromagnetic radiation) they give off. Most telescopes are light telescopes but telescopes that collect all different wavelengths in the spectrum are now used. 2

3 Refracting Telescope: collects and focuses light using convex lenses Reflecting Telescope: uses a curved mirror to bounce the light onto a small area Radio Telescope: Uses a large parabolic dish to collect and focus radio waves Telescopes Spectrograph Used to determine temperature & chemical make up of a star Normal no shift Blue Shift coming towards Red Shift going away Normal no black bars Blue Shift coming towards Coming or Going? Red Shift going away Black bars indicate the wavelengths of light absorbed by that element being tested. Each element has its own fingerprint. Light from a star is passed through a prism/ spectrograph and the fingerprint observed is compared to known element fingerprints. We now know what the star is made of We next compare to see if there is a red or blue shift in the spectrum to see if the star is coming towards us or going away from us. 3

4 Star Characteristics Constellation: a group or pattern of stars in the night sky that appeared as symbols or figures to ancient star gazers 77 Recognized Constellations Polaris The North Star 4

6 Hertzsprung Russell Diagram a chart that compares Color, Surface Temperature and brightness of stars. The Life Cycle of Stars Stellar Nebulae The birth place of stars 6

7 Star Life Cycle Nebula a huge gas cloud made up mainly of Hydrogen that collapse down on itself and compresses the gas down into a Protostar Star is born when the protostar has contracting tight enough for Hydrogen to fuse into Helium, this releases the light and energy we normally associate with a normal star. How long a star lives depends on its initial mass the more mass stars use their fuel faster than less massive stars! Stars smaller than the Sun have lives up to 200 billion years Medium Stars, like our Sun have lives about 10 billion years Massive Stars have very short life spans about 10 million years Star Life Cycle Black Dwarf 7

8 Where did it all begin? We (as Christians) know! Genesis 1:1 In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth. They (as evolutionists) say the Big Bang Theory 8

9 Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory says that the entire universe began 15 to 20 billion years ago. Scientist have viewed thousands of galaxies and can measure the fact that all galaxies are moving away from each other. If you could run the film backwards, it would appear that all of the galaxies come together at a single incredibly dense point. Scientist CANNOT Explain where this dense point came from. WE CAN: Gen 1:1 In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth Celestial Bodies 100 s of billions of galaxies make up the known universe Each speck is a galaxy each galaxy contains 100 s of billions of stars!! This picture takes up a very small piece of the sky, it covers about the size of your pinky finger nail held at arms length. 9

10 Spiral, Elliptical and Irregular Spiral Galaxy Elliptical Galaxy Spiral Galaxy Irregular Galaxy Elliptical Galaxy Irregular Galaxy 3 Basic Shapes - Spiral, Elliptical and Irregular Where is our Sun? The Milky Way Galaxy 10

11 Other Celestial Bodies That would be all there is for Chapter

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