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I am a physics teacher at Chicago School and am working with a group of advanced students students on some challenging problems we came up with. We are trying to figure out how you can turn observational data of the moon into orbital period, orbital eccentricity, other orbital info. I am pretty confident about how to create the physics model, but am curious how that kind positional data is recorded. We have toyed around with the idea of trying to actually take some measurements and see how closely they match, what sort of equipment do you need? Any direction towards resources or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Your suggested project may appear reasonable, but data collected over many years would need to be analyzed and transformed into parameter algorithms, which I assume is beyond the time constraints for your class. Sorry.