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- Lecture 01: Proves that the Earth orbits the Sun. notes
- Lecture 02: Parallax and diffraction limited optics. notes
- Lecture 03: Optics imperfections and atmosphere effects. Star size: Michelson method. notes
- Lecture 04: Star size: Hanbury Brown and Twiss method. notes
- Lecture 05: Kepler's laws derivation. notes
- Lecture 06: Orbits shapes and 3rd Kepler's law. notes
- Lecture 07: Kepler's laws and binary stars. notes
- Lecture 08: Extrasolar planet search methods. notes
- Lecture 09: Black body radiation derivation. notes
- Lecture 10: Black body radiation continued, luminosity, star apparent and absolute magnitude. notes
- Lecture 11: Stars spectroscopy. notes
- Lecture 12: Spectral line disappearance mystery and Saha equation. notes
- Lecture 13: H-R diagram, mass-size-luminosity relationship. notes
- Midterm 01.
- Guest Lecture by Elana "Sun and Ca absorption lines".
- Lecture 14: Light absorption coefficient, star edge darkening. notes
- Lecture 15: Introducing light source function. Spectral linewidth. notes
- Lecture 16: Stars energy source. notes
- Lecture 17: Requirements for nuclear fusion and hydrostatic equilibrium. notes
- Lecture 18: Photon and ideal gas pressure, tunneling and required temperature for fusion,
fusion reaction rate. notes
- Lecture 19: Gamov peak, fusion reactions, star mass and its life time. notes
- Lecture 20: Sun and magnetic field dynamics, mystery of hot corona.
- Lecture 21: Cepheids - variable stars. notes
- pressure as a restoring force
- Lecture 22: Variable stars continued. notes
- gravity as restoring force
- Lecture 23: Proto star formation. notes
- Midterm 02.
- Lecture 24: Proto star formation. Nebulae and dark clouds. notes
- dark clouds
- globules in the eagle nebula (example of emission nebula)
- reflection nebula
- Lecture 25: Proto star formation continues. Couds and Proto star evolution. notes
- Lecture 26: Fate of not too massive stars
- Planetary Nebulae (remains of stars) gallery
- Sun like star leftovers: PK 164
- Helix Nebula
- Cat's eye nebula
- Butterfly like nebulae
- Star clusters
- M13 in Hercules
- The Pleiades Star Cluster M45
- Lecture 27: Fate of massive stars. Supernovae.
- Supernova 1987A
- Crab nebula remains of supernova seen in 1054 AD
- Gamma ray burst
- Lecture 28: White dwarfs and neutron stars. Degeneracy pressure.
- Sirius B and Sirius A image
- Lecture 29: Neutron stars and pulsars.
- Lecture 30: Guest lecture by Patrick "Black holes". Intro to general theory of relativity.
- scientific paper pdf "Measuring distance and properties of the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole with stellar orbits".
- nice article about massive monster in our own galaxy
- stars motion movie near galaxy center
- Lecture 31: General relativity and gravitational waves.
- Lecture 32: Guest lecture by Denny "General relativity experimental proves". The Milky Way galaxy.
- The Milky Way views from the Earth
- The Milky Way top view
- Lecture 33: Milky way composition. Flat rotation curve.
- Lecture 34: Galaxies classification and interaction.
- Hubble classification tuning fork
- A more detailed chart
- Short gallery
- Galaxy interaction
- Early galaxies with the Hubble Ultra deep Field
- Lecture 35: Large scale structures
- Lecture 36: Finite size of universe. Big Bang. Cosmic background radiation. Shape of the universe.
- Lecture 37: Why is it expensive to get to the sky: Tsiolkovskiy equation.
- Guest lecture by Isabel: Plasma.
- Guest lecture by Matt: Extraterrestrial life forms.
- assigned reading Chapters 1 and 6.
- HW 01 (source latex file hw01.tex). Due day Wednesday Jan 23.
- assigned reading Chapters 6 and 2.
- HW 02 (source latex file hw02.tex). Due day Monday Jan 28.
- assigned reading Chapter 2 and 7.
- HW 03 (source latex file hw03.tex). Due day Monday Feb 4.
- assigned reading Chapter 7 and 3.
- HW 04 (source latex file hw04.tex). Due day Monday Feb 11.
- assigned reading Chapter 5 and 8.
- assigned reading Chapter 8 and 9.
- HW 06 (source latex file hw06.tex). Due day Monday Feb 24.
- assigned reading Chapter 9 and 10.
- HW 07 (source latex file hw07.tex). Due day Monday March 11.
- assigned reading Chapter 10 and 11.
- HW 08 (source latex file hw08.tex). Due day Monday March 18.
- assigned reading Chapter 12 and 14.
- assigned reading Chapter 12.
- HW 10 (source latex file hw10.tex). Due day Monday April 1.
- assigned reading Chapter 13, 15, and 16.
- HW 11 (source latex file hw11.tex). Due day Monday April 8.
- assigned reading Chapter 16 and 17.
- HW 12 (source latex file hw12.tex). Due day Wednesday April 17.
- assigned reading Chapter 24, 25 and 26.
- HW 13 (source latex file hw13.tex). Due day Wednesday April 24.
- assigned reading Chapter 27 and 29.
Additional presentation topics
- Solar neutrino problem
- Universe Inflation - taken by Nick
- Why space travel is hard
- UFO. Aliens or not - taken by Matt