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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Introduction to Astronomy

Perseid over Albrechtsberg Castle
Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
Explanation: Medieval Albrechtsberg castle is nestled in trees near the northern bank of the river Pielach and the town of Melk, Austria. In clearing night skies on August 12, 2012 it stood under constellations of the northern summer, including Aquarius, Aquila, and faint, compact Delphinus (above and right of center) in this west-looking skyview. The scene also captures a bright meteor above the castle walls. Part of the annual perseid meteor shower, its trail points back toward the heroic constellation Perseus high above the horizon in the early morning hours. Entering the atmosphere at about 60 kilometers per second, perseid meteors are swept up dust grains from the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle.

Introductory Presentation
Course Syllabus

Course Units:
  1. The History of the Universe
  2. The Moon
  3. The Sun
  4. The Solar System
  5. Stars
  6. Beyond our Solar System
Video on an overview on the evolution of man's understanding of the universe: "Beyond the Big Bang"

Beyond the Big Bang Survey Questions.

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