Universe Observation Essay

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To humans who live on Earth, we perceive Earth as a large mass of land that has been around for about 4.6 billion years. But the Earth is only a small part of what makes up the Universe. Earth is located in the Milky Way Galaxy, and contains billions of stars, which is only a small fraction of the 100 billion galaxies. While the Universe has been around for roughly 13.82 billion years, everyday we learn more and more about the complexities that were once hidden from us. One of the main things found in the universe by the naked eye are stars. Stars are burning balls of gas that appear as small specks because they are millions of miles away from Earth. We are able to take a deeper look at our universe in such ways as using a small, everyday …show more content…
By calculating the area of the circle of your object in which you would be observing from, the fraction of the sky that we would be observing was found. The observing first started when by conducting a general star count, which required us to look at random spots in the sky and record the number of stars seen in the circle. This step was repeated several times.
Next, we had to determine and examine how light the number of stars perceived by the naked eye. The moon was present on the night September 1st, which was our bright spot. By pointing our “telescopes” in the direction of the moon, we recorded how many stars we saw, but it was evident that the moon did reduce the number of stars our eyes were able to detect. The same process was repeated, but instead of pointing the “telescope” towards the moon, we pointed it in the direction of a dark area and counted the stars.
Lastly, we used a a PLOSSL 40mm telescope to assist our count. By using the telescope, many stars that were too dim to the naked eye appeared. The ocular assistance from the telescope greatly enhanced the number of stars that were present in the sky on the night of September

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