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A nearby star's apparent movement against the background of more distant stars as the Earth revolves around the Sun is referred to as parallax.

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Definition of Parallax

Definition of parallax, a method used to measure the distance to stars.

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The Science of Light: Alien Eyes

Interactive site showing users the concept of parallax - the idea of seeing the same image from different views.

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Astronomy Web Simulations

Simulations of star systems: stellar parallax and binary stars.

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How do we know how far away space objects are?

The distance to objects in the night sky are measured sometime by a technique called parallax. This webpage has a good explanation of how it works.

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How far away is stuff?

Great explaining on how we measure distances to stars using parallax and distances to galaxies using Cepheid Variables stars.

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