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How do we measure distances in space? - Yuan-Sen Ting

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How can we know so much about other galaxies? What are they made of? How big are they? How far away are they from Earth? “Want to know the secrets of the universe? Just follow the light.” These two TED Eds from Harvard University’s Yuan

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-we-measure-distances-in-space-yuan-sen-ting When we look at the sky, we have a flat, two-dimensional view. So how do astronomers figure the distances of stars and galaxies from Earth? Yuan-Sen Ting shows us how trigonometric parallaxes, standard candles and more help us determine the distance of objects several billion light years away from Earth. Lesson by Yuan-Sen Ting, animation by TED-Ed.