Parallax in the park

Hughes, Stephen W., Powell, Sean K., Carroll, Joshua, & Cowley, Michael (2015) Parallax in the park. European Journal of Physics, 36(6), pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This article describes a parallax experiment performed by undergraduate physics students at Queensland University of Technology. The experiment is analogous to the parallax method used in astronomy to measure distances to the local stars. The result of one of these experiments is presented in this paper. A target was photographed using a digital camera at five distances between 3 and 8 metres from two vantage points spaced 0.6 m apart. The parallax distances were compared with the actual distance measured using a tape measure and the average error was 0.5 ± 0.9 %.

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ID Code: 87428
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: parallax, stars, Hipparchus, distance
DOI: 10.1088/0143-0807/36/6/065030
ISSN: 1361-6404
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 IOP Publishing
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2015 02:48
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2016 07:39

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