Astronomy 161: Introduction to Solar System Astronomy

Autumn 2004

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    Roof and Planetarium Nights: Find opportunities that you will have during the quarter to observe through the telescope, attend planetarium shows, and hear some star talks.

    You are most encouraged to attend planetarium shows. These will help a great deal to understand what I will be teaching about the celestial sphere and the motions of stars. The planetarium is the best place to visualize all of that!

    What is astronomy about? Since ancient times, astronomy has been about watching the sky. At present, precisely when scientists are rapidly advancing in the understanding of astronomy, most people are being deprived of the magnificence of the sky because of pollution and city lights. But thanks to the internet, we can watch pictures of celestial objects by using the resources in a multitude of websites. Explore the links provided here, which will bring you to images of the planets, star clusters, gaseous nebulae, galaxies, etc. As part of learning astronomy, you simply need to have a good idea of what all these objects really look like.

    Among many other links below, you can try the Astronomy Picture of the Day, where every day a different picture of some interesting object in the sky is displayed. If you then go to the index, you can click on any class of objects you wish, to access the archive of all images that have been displayed in the past. You may try also the Planetary Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Messier and NGC catalogues, the Ohio State University Astronomical Picture Gallery, and the Hubble Space Telescope Image Archive.

    Where to find me:

    Astronomy 161 Fall Quarter 2003
    MTWTF 9:30am-10:18pm, Stillman Hall 100

      Instructor: Jordi Miralda-Escudé

      Teaching Assistant: Kelly Denney. Jordi Miralda-Escudé

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