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An Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology. 1) Astronomy - an Observational. Science. Page 2. Why study Astronomy 1. • A fascinating subject in its own right. This course is an introduction to modern astronomy, showing what we know PDF copies of the lectures as I give them .. form you can hold (and show off to friends), a selection has been published as a book, in “Universe: Days” by R. J. The main purpose of this book is to serve as a university textbook for a first course in astronomy. However, we believe that the audience will also include many.
First Light by Abraham Loeb, , pages, 3. The First Lunar Landing: The First Stars by Simon C.
The Formation of Planets by Steven P. From Chaos to Consciousness: From Cosmic Birth to Living Earths: From Disks to Planets by Andrew N. Youdin, Scott J. Kenyon, , 70 pp, 1. From Stargazers to Starships by David P. Stern, The Galactic Habitable Zone I.
Galactic Chemical Evolution by G. Gonzalez, D.
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Brownlee, P. Galaxies and the Expanding Universe by James Schombert, Galaxy systems in the optical and infrared by A. Biviano, , 60 pages. Gamma-Ray Bursts Wikipedia, , online html.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: General Astronomy by Harold Spencer Jones, General Astronomy Wikibooks, Gravitational Waves: Sources, Detectors and Searches by Keith Riles, , 79 pp, 3.
Great Astronomers by Robert S. Ball, , pp, multiple formats. Barton, , 96 pp, multiple formats. Habitable Planets for Man by Stephen H. Dole, , pages, 6. Chambers, Zombeck, , pages. High Energy Astrophysics by Jonathan Katz, , pages, 1. The History of Astrometry by Michael Perryman, , 52 pp, 7. History of Astronomy by George Forbes, Hubble The Hubble Constant by Neal Jackson, , 48 pp, 2. Hubble Space Telescope: Feldman, I.
Dammasch, K. Wilhelm, P. Lemaire, D. Hassler, , PDF. Inflationary Cosmology and Structure Formation by J. De Rujula, , 37 pages, 2. Introduction to Cosmology by A. Wilson, , pages, 1. Introduction to Physical Astronomy by Kenneth R. Koehler, An Introduction to Quantum Cosmology by D.
Introduction to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology through Maple by V. Introduction to Supersymmetry: Astrophysical and Phenomenological Constraints by Keith A. Introductory Lectures on Quantum Cosmology by J. Coil, , 43 pp, 1. Lecture notes on the formation and early evolution of planetary systems by Philip J. Lopsided Spiral Galaxies by Chanda J. Hughes, J. Bowker, Mars Science Laboratory Wikipedia, , online html. Massive Stars and their Supernovae by F. Thielemann, R.
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Hirschi, M. Liebendorfer, R.
Diehl, , 81 pages, 5. Mechanism of the Heavens by Mary Somerville, , multiple formats. Mercury by F. Vilas, C. Chapman, M. Matthews, , pages, PDF. Modified Gravity and Cosmology by T. Clifton, P. Ferreira, A.
Padilla, C. Skordis, , pp, 3. Wright, Notes on Stellar Astrophysics by James N. Weinberg, et al. Ellis, , pages, 2. Observatories in Space by Catherine Turon, , 50 pages, 2.
On Mars: Forbes, Ericson D. Origin of the Moon edited by W. Hartmann, R.
Phillips, G. Taylor, An Overview of the Solar System Wikipedia, , online html. The Planet Mars: Planetary Rings by Matthew S. Planetary Science: The Practical Astronomer by Thomas Dick, , pp, multiple formats. Practical Astronomy by George L. Hosmer, Practical Astronomy by P. Michie, F.
Harlow, Brout, S. Massar, R.
Parentani, P. Spindel, , pages, PDF. Kunze, Christos G. Williams, Lucas A. Cieza, , 65 pages, 1. Protostars and Planets IV by V. Mannings, A. Boss, S. Russell, , pages, PDF. Recreations in Astronomy by Henry White Warren. Remote Sensing Tutorial by Nicholas M. Short, Resources of Near-Earth Space by J. Lewis, M. A Review of the Universe: Structures, Evolutions, Observations, and Theories www. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Sky Surveys by S.
Djorgovski, A. Mahabal, A. Drake, M. Graham, C. Donalek, , 62 pp, 1. Solar Neutrinos by V. Antonelli, L. Miramonti, C. Pena-Garay, A. Space Handbook: Astronautics and Its Applications by Robert W. Spacecraft Dynamics by Thomas R. Spacetime Warps and the Quantum: A Glimpse of the Future by Dr. There are links to two flowcharts: a Earth-Venus-Mars comparison and a flowchart of the calculations involved in determining if an atmosphere sticks around for billions of years.
I end the chapter with a discussion of the major moons in the solar system and ring systems. Updates: weather vs.
Beautiful Planet photo album of nature photography has imagery of mountains, lakes, streams, waterfalls, large trees, flowers, aurorae, other landscape images and some images of insects and frogs.
Most images are from the western United States but some are also from eastern Australia and the aurorae are from Fairbanks, Alaska. The rest of the album are from various beautiful places in the western United States and eastern Australia. Answers to Global Warming Skeptics is a separate section about the climate change debate going on among the general public. Also, is a short "How I Know" PDF document with embedded links explaining why I accept the conclusion that Earth's climate is changing and that humans play a role—just one sheet of paper needed to print.
After a wet winter in , the California Water Future article explains why water conservation is still needed. Solar System Fluff.
At the end is an exploration of the other planetary systems. Determining Star Properties. Notes for the properties of stars and how we determine them. Things like distances to stars, their masses, radii, composition and speeds. Also HR diagram, spectral types, and spectroscopic parallax. The dangers of selection effects and biased samples are also discussed with the application of finding what a typical star is like.
Update: tweak to Inverse Square Law section. The Sun and Stellar Structure. This chapter covers: The Sun, interiors of stars, and nuclear fusion, neutrinos, the solar neutrino problem, and helioseismology. The concept of hydrostatic equilibrium is used to explain the mass-luminosity relation and the reason for the mass cut-off at the high and low ends. Updates: solar eclipse pictures, fixed broken links to external websites and added additional resources.
Lives and Deaths of Stars. This chapter covers: stellar evolution all nine stages and stellar remnants white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes. The Interstellar Medium and the Milky Way. This chapter covers: the dust and gas between the stars and how we use the cm line radiation to map the Galaxy. Also, the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, our place in it, and how we determine these things. The rotation curve and the existence of the dark matter halo, stellar populations, and the galactic center are also discussed.
Updates: fixed broken links to external websites and updated content. Other Galaxies and Active Galaxies. This chapter covers: the characteristics of other normal galaxies, active galaxies, and finding distances to other galaxies this includes the distance-scale ladder. Also, large-scale structure is covered galaxy clusters and collisions and superclusters. This chapter covers cosmology: the study of the nature, origin, and evolution of the universe as a whole.
The distance-scale ladder topic is dealt with in the Steps to the Hubble Constant document.
I discuss Olbers' Paradox, the cosmic microwave background radiation, the fate of the universe open or closed , dark matter, dark energy, inflation, and the cosmological constant. Updates: fixed broken links to external websites and updated material about cosmic microwave background radiation from Planck mission, observations of first galaxies, dark matter, temperature power spectrum also added graph from final Planck data release, BICEP2 discussion, dark energy, and tension with Hubble Constant measurements.
Life Beyond the Earth. This chapter covers: life zones habitable zones , types of stars to focus on in the search for suitable planets, characteristics of life, evolution by natural selection, working definitions of life, the kind of planet where we think life would likely arise, bio-markers in exoplanet spectra, and finally the frequencies we use in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence S.
Updates: exoplanet discoveries, habitable zones, life in liquid methane, biomarkers throughout a planet's history, Drake Equation with Kepler results, added section about Fermi's Question Paradox , and fixed broken links to external websites.
Appendices Angular Momentum in Astronomy. I define angular momentum and give several examples of angular momentum in astronomy: Kepler's second law of orbital motion, Earth-Moon system, rapidly spinning neutron stars, accretion disk in a binary system, and a collapsing galactic cloud.
Quick Mathematics Review. Here's a quick run through of some basic mathematics: working with fractions and percentages, exponents, roots, powers of ten, working with really BIG or really small numbersscientific notation and the metric system. I assume that the reader has had this stuff before, so the quick run through will be sufficient to jog the dormant memory.
Astronomy constants, physical constants, planets orbital properties, physical characteristics, atmospheres , nearest stars, and brightest stars as seen from the Earth. Definitions of astronomy terms used in this website. Bakersfield Night Sky. A bimonthly twice per month look at the latest astronomy news and what's happening up in the sky that you can see without a telescope.
This is not in the hardcopy and not even on the Astronomy Notes site BUT it is a major part of my outreach to the world on astronomy topics that it deserves a link here on the Astronomy Notes homepage. Often, a recent astronomy result is discussed on the Bakersfield Night Sky site before it makes it into the appropriate chapter in the Astronomy Notes site.
Introduction to Astronomy
College is not high schoolgreater expectations of the student! Also, some tips to improve your study skills so that you study more efficiently and take exams with better results. Although the homework and exam tips are addressed to my own students, most of these tips will also apply to students at other schools. Astronomy Careers. A brief overview of a career in astronomy research. It covers the likes and attitudes of research astronomers, need for formal writing ability, where astronomers work, and expected pay scale.Brinks, A.
While providing education, the book is meant to spark passion for the science and the space industry by highlighting discoveries and outcomes. Beautiful Planet photo album of nature photography has imagery of mountains, lakes, streams, waterfalls, large trees, flowers, aurorae, other landscape images and some images of insects and frogs.
Skordis, , pp, 3. Galaxy systems in the optical and infrared by A. If you score well, move on to the next section. Biviano, , 60 pages. Phase transitions in the early universe, Cosmic strings and other topological defects, Cosmic string dynamics and evolution, High-resolution cosmic string simulations, Cosmic strings and large-scale structure, Texture models and large-scale structure. The Universe: A Pedagogical Review by Yu.