Parallax in the park

Stephen W. Hughes, Sean Powell, Joshua Carroll, Michael Cowley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number065030
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


Dive into the research topics of 'Parallax in the park'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this