1. Removing a visual to reveal the coordinate plane was shown in a class I attended and is not an original idea by the author.
2. Universe, Freedman, Kaufmann III, seventh edition, 2005.
3. Newton's Clock, Peterson, W.H. Freeman & Co., 1993.
4. I would like to call to attention the book Heavenly Errors, authored by Neil F. Comins. This book is also listed in the Teacher's Resources section and annotated. The book is excellent reading for misconceptions about the universe. It mainly dwells on incorrect information that people have about the universe and their reluctance to change their opinion or their unwillingness to relearn correct facts. The same is true for students in universities as the book reveals. The author corrects all misinformation so the book is great learning and fun.
5. Dr. Sarbani Basu, Yale University Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Astronomy Department.
6. All figures are illustrations duplicated from a website or were drawn or enhanced by the author for clarification purposes only. They are not to scale. Figures from the website were cropped. Other representations of the solar system can be found in any astronomy textbook or on any astronomical website.
7. I would like to thank Dr. Sarbani Basu, Yale University Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Astronomy Department and professor of the seminar, for her lectures and interesting ways of looking at the universe.
8. Website: www.Wikipedia.org
9. Center of mass is the point around which two or more objects orbit. The Moon follows the center of mass of the Earth as it orbits the Earth and the Earth follows the center of mass of the Sun as it orbits the Sun. The center of mass is not always at the center of the object but where the object is the heaviest.
10. The Cosmic Perspective, Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit, fourth edition, 2007.
12. Jennifer Esty, Science Teacher at McCabe Center, coordinator and participant of the astronomy seminar, gave me the idea of using a cell phone satellite to teach the Pythagorean Theorem.