The Universe

 

 

Resources: www.space.com; astronomynotes.com by Nick Strobel

 

1.1 Astronomy

a. Describe the chemical composition and physical structure of the universe
b. Describe and diagram the physical structure of of the three main galaxy types
c. Describe the structure of the solar system and its place in the Milky Way galaxy
d. Distinguish between stars and planets
e. Recognize that stars vary in color, size and luminosity
f. Describe a simple model of how fusion in stars produces heavier elements and results in the production of energy, including light
g. Compare and contrast the physical characteristics, including gravity of rocky and gaseous planets
i. Describe the regular and predictable patterns of stars and planets in time and location
j. Explain how Kepler's Laws describe orbital motion
k. Explain and predict changes in the moon's appearance (phases)
l. Describe the use of astronomical instruments in collecting data, and use astronomical units and light years to describe distances

 

 

1. The Sun

Energy source, sunspots, solar flares, effect on earth and coronal mass ejections

Animated Sun- Contains updated solar activity each hour if satellites permit transmission.

Auroras- updated every ten minutes

Anatomy detail- beginning of detailed account of structure of the sun

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2. The Celestial Sphere or astronomy without a telescope - beginning of detailed account of the Celestial Sphere

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3. Stars, Gravitational collapse and black holes - beginning of detailed account of the stars including Black Holes

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Stellar Properties - beginning of detailed account of the properties of stars

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4. Interstellar Medium and the Milky Way - beginning of detailed account of interstellar medium and the Milky Way

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5. Galaxies -other galaxies and active galaxies including quasars - beginning of detailed account of galaxies

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6. Cosmology - beginning of detailed account of cosmology

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7. Instruments used to see the planets and their satellites, galaxies and other objects in the universe.

Telescopes

Technology of the Hubble Telescope, SUMMARY

How the Hubble Telescope Works

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