Students:  Syllabi are here.

Astronomy 320 Links 

(Listed by Section)

Some links have notes after them highlighted in Red

 

 Introduction 

The nature of Science  (This one is important if you want to understand how my tests work!)

http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/howscienceworks_01

About Skepticism and the Paranormal

http://skepdic.com/

http://www.skeptic.com

What harm does paranormal thinking cause?  Here's actual examples:

http://whatstheharm.net/index.html

Some Brutal Truths (Warning: Strong Language)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/

Fallacies of argument

http://www.skepdic.com/ticriticalthinking.html

http://www.freewebs.com/thinkingstraight/Fallacies.htm

http://59ways.blogspot.com/p/index-of-unnatural-acts-that-can.html

 - Confusion of correlation w/causation (Go to item marked #1)

http://www.cracked.com/article_20318_the-5-most-popular-ways-statistics-are-used-to-lie-to-you_p2.html

Test yourself - watch this & count the number of B-ball passes... then watch it again

http://viscog.beckman.illinois.edu/flashmovie/15.php

Conspiracy “theories”

http://skepdic.com/illuminati.html

 

Background 

Applets - Ancient Astronomy

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/ancientastro.html (Go to animations)

Constellation myths - The stories behind them  

http://www.comfychair.org/~cmbell/myth/myth.html

http://www.greekforme.com/constellations.html

Ancient civilizations and astronomy  

http://www.sir-ray.com/Ancient%20Astronomy.htm

    - Namoratunga

http://www.bluegecko.org/kenya/tribes/turkana/articles-namoratunga.htm

Geocentric Model (Ptolemy)

http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/~zhu/ast210/geocentric.html

Heliocentric Model (Copernicus)

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/retrograde/copernican.html

Applets - Renaissance astronomy

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/renaissance.html  (Go to animations)

Phases of Venus

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/renaissance/ptolemaic.html (Before Copernicus)

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/renaissance/venusphases.html (After Copernicus)

Kepler’s "laws"

http://www.phys.hawaii.edu/~teb/java/ntnujava/Kepler/Kepler.html

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/renaissance/kepler.html

Have fun destroying planets with gravity:

http://www.arachnoid.com/gravitation/

Newton’s first principle of motion

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/newtlaws/mb.cfm

Newton’s second principle of motion

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/newtlaws/efff.cfm

    -Newton's satellite cannon

http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/flashlets/NewtMtn/NewtMtn.html

 

 Light 

Applets - Light & Spectra

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/light.html  (Go to animations)

EM spectrum

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/waves_particles/

Seeing in other colors

http://www.chromoscope.net/

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/light/emspectrum.html

Blackbody radiation

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/light/meltednail.html

http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/light/stellarEncounters-frames.html

http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/light/heating2.html  

http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/BlackBody/default.html

Doppler effect

    -Source

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/doppler.html

    -Observer

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/doppler2.html

    -Applet

http://www.phys.hawaii.edu/~teb/java/ntnujava/Doppler/Doppler.html

Applets - Light & Spectra

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/light.html  (Go to animations)

Types of Spectra

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/light/threeviewsspectra.html

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/light/spectrum010.html

Spectra of different elements

http://jersey.uoregon.edu/vlab/elements/Elements.html

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/light/spectrum010.html

Bohr Atom

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/light/hydrogenatom.html

Broadening

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/light/spectrum010.html

 

 Telescopes 

Applets - Telescopes & astronomical instruments

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/telescopes.html  (Go to animations)

Telescopes

    - Chromatic Aberration

http://www.yorku.ca/eye/chroaber.htm  

    - Resolution power 

http://www.pk3.org/Astro/index.htm?scopes_resolution.htm

    - Magnification 

http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/refractor.htm

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/telescopes/telescope10.html

The plans for a 100m (yes, really) telescope

http://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/eelt/owl/index_3.html

Radio telescopes

http://www.astronomynotes.com/telescop/s4.htm

http://cass.ucsd.edu/public/tutorial/Radio_Tel.html

Interferometry

http://www.astronomynotes.com/telescop/s7.htm

 

 The Sun

Applets - Sun & solar energy

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/sunsolarenergy.html  (Go to animations)

Solar atmosphere

    - Photosphere

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/sun/atmosphere/photosphere.html

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/feature1.shtml

    - Chromosphere

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/chromos.shtml

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/sun/atmosphere/chromosphere.html

    - Corona

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/corona.shtml

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/feature3.shtml

    - Recent pictures of the Sun 

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/realtime-update.html

http://web.ct.astro.it/sun/

http://mlso.hao.ucar.edu/cgi-bin/mlso_homepage.cgi

Sunspots

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/~soper/Sun/sunspots.html

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/sun/sunspots.html

Sunspot cycle and Maunder minimum

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml

The Earth's auroras

http://www.exploratorium.edu/auroras/photography.html  (Nice pictures)

Nuclear fusion of hydrogen

http://www.efda.org/fusion/how-fusion-works/ (Wordy, but important)

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/sunsolarenergy/fusion01.html

Neutrinos

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980605.html

 

 Star Properties 

Applets - Stellar properties I

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/stellarprops.html (Go to animations)

Measuring parallax:

http://www.astro.ubc.ca/~scharein/a311/Sim/new-parallax/Parallax.html

Nearby Stars

http://www.solstation.com/orbits.htm

http://www.chara.gsu.edu/~riedel/10pc2011.html  (Several Animations Here)

Star magnitudes

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/stars/magnitudes.html

http://domeofthesky.com/clicks/magnitude.html

Distance Modulus

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/stellarprops/stellarmag.html

Stellar spectra

http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/spectra.html#sequence

     - About Annie Jump Cannon, one of the "stellar goddesses"

http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/cannon.html

HR Diagrams 

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/~soper/Stars/hrdiagram.html

http://aspire.cosmic-ray.org/Labs/StarLife/hr_diagram.html (Do the interactive lab to understand the relationships)

    - Simulations

http://www.astro.uni-bonn.de/~javahrd/v071/index.html (Watch stars live and die)

http://www.astro.ubc.ca/~scharein/a311/Sim/hr/HRdiagram.html (Watch stars live and die)

http://astro.unl.edu/naap/hr/animations/hr.html

 

 A Star's Life 

Hydrostatic Equilibrium

http://www.astronomynotes.com/starsun/s7.htm

Starlife

http://www.seed.slb.com/flash/science/lab/airspace/byo_star/en/byostar.htm?width=805&height=550&popup=true  (Make and grow your own star!) 

Red giant phase of Stardeath 

http://www.astronomycafe.net/qadir/q2958.html

http://cde.nwc.edu/SCI2108/course_documents/stars/big_picture/redgiants.htm

White Dwarfs

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/the_universe/WD.html

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/astro/whdwar.html

Main sequence turnoffs

http://astro.berkeley.edu/~dperley/univage/univage.html#msturnoff  (Page down for animation - Figure 8)

Algol

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/binaries/algol.html

http://www.solstation.com/stars2/algol3.htm

 

 Stardeath 

Type II (Core collapse) supernovas

http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/snr.html

http://library.thinkquest.org/3103/nonshocked/topics/supernovas/supernovas.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/universe/super2.html

    - Before and after Supernova1987a

http://hea-www.harvard.edu/~wendy/SN1987a.shtml

http://www.astronnewsroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/sn1987a_aat1.jpg

Type I (Carbon detonation) supernovas

http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/bmendez/ay10/2000/cycle/snI.html

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/supernovae/type1.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/universe/super1a.html

 

 Neutron Stars & Black Holes 

Neutron star and black hole flyby movies:

http://apod.nasa.gov/htmltest/rjn_bht.html

Neutron stars:

http://heasarc.nasa.gov/docs/objects/binaries/neutron_star_structure.html

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/N/neutronstar.html

Pulsars

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/pulsars/pulsars.html  

http://www.seasky.org/celestial-objects/pulsars.html

Gamma ray bursters

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/cosmology/gammaray.html

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/G/gamma-ray_burst.html

Special Relativity - Time dilation

http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/timedilation.htm

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/shwave/tdilate.cfm

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/shwave/contract.cfm

Black holes

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l2/black_holes.html

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/black_holes/home.html  (Black Hole gateway, go to the Journey section)

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/guidry/violence/blackholes.html

 

 The Milky Way (Our) Galaxy 

Applets - Milky Way Galaxy

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/milkyway.html (Go to animations)

The Milky Way

http://casswww.ucsd.edu/archive/public/tutorial/MW.html

RR Lyraes

http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/phys230/lectures/mw_size/mw_size.html

Cepheids

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/cepheids.html

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/~soper/MilkyWay/cepheid.html

 How spiral arms are maintained:

http://burro.astr.cwru.edu/Academics/Astr222/Galaxies/Spiral/spiral.html

Rotation Curve

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/animations/milkyway/milkywayrotationalvelocity.html

Gravitational lensing

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/features/news/grav_lens.html

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/galaxies/lensing.html

http://www.cfhtlens.org/public/what-gravitational-lensing

http://www.lsst.org/lsst/science/scientist_dark_matter (Look at the first few images)

 

 Other Galaxies 

Galaxy types

http://www.astro.cornell.edu/academics/courses/astro201/galaxies/types.htm

http://ircamera.as.arizona.edu/NatSci102/NatSci102/lectures/galaxytypes.htm

Seyfert galaxies

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/active/seyfert.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seyfert_galaxy (Has good images of Seyferts)

Radio galaxies

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/active/radio.html

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/~soper/ActiveGalxy/lobe.html

Quasars

http://www.seasky.org/cosmic/sky7a09.html

http://images.nrao.edu/AGN/Quasars

Active galactic nuclei

http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/objects/agn/agntext.html#intro

Supermassive black holes

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/active/smblack.html

Exotic matter

http://hepwww.rl.ac.uk/ukdmc/dark_matter/rotation_curves.html

Galaxy formation

http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/ast123/lectures/lec25.html  

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/1996/ph123/galaxies.html  (With movies) 

 

 Cosmology 

Applets - Cosmology

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/cosmology.html (Go to animations)

Local Group

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/gclusters/localg.html

Local Supercluster

http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/virgo.html   (Called the Virgo Supercluster here)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Supercluster (Good images)

Possible fates of the Universe

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/the_universe/Future.html  

Curvature of Spacetime

http://universe.sonoma.edu/activities/geometry.html

Cosmic Microwave Background

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/cosmology/cbr.html

Superstring models

http://superstringtheory.com/cosmo/cosmo5.html   (Warning: this is heavy)

The end of the Universe

http://www.pbs.org/deepspace/timeline/

 

 The Fringe 

Skeptical resources (again)

http://skepdic.com/

http://www.skeptic.com/

Fallacies of argument (again)

http://www.skepdic.com/ticriticalthinking.html

http://www.freewebs.com/thinkingstraight/Fallacies.htm

End of the world as we know it (failed predictions of Apocalypse)

http://www.religioustolerance.org/end_wrl2.htm

http://alma-geddon.com/lastjudgment.html  (An excellent site!)

    - Sign up for TEOTWAWKI Alerts! (Also keeps a list of failed predictions!)

http://www.rowdydow.co.uk/eotw/

    - More end-of-the-world predictions for the near future

http://www.religioustolerance.org/end_wrl18.htm

http://www.religioustolerance.org/end_wrl21.htm

Effects of the full Moon

http://skepdic.com/fullmoon.html

About claims that the Moon landings were faked:

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast23feb_2.htm  

http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/tv/foxapollo.html

    - About why you can't see stars in the Apollo pictures

http://www.skywise711.com/Skeptic/MoonPics/MoonPics.html

    - Actual pictures of the Apollo landing sites from Lunar Orbit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html

Were aliens here in the past?  Check out:

http://skepdic.com/vondanik.html

    - The likely shocking origin of many of von Däniken's ideas… 

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/04-04-26.html

How we know that the Earth and Universe are very ancient    (Almost all text, but an easy read)

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/56/index.html  

    - Why creationists (and Intelligent Design folks) aren't doing science:

http://www.noanswersingenesis.org.au/

    - Non-Judeochristian creationism 

http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/wic.html#nonchris  

Why astrology isn't science:

http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/astrology.html

http://scc.losrios.edu/~sah/physics/44Miscon.htm#Astrology_and_Astronomy

http://scc.losrios.edu/~sah/physics/44Miscon.htm#The_polymorphous_Zodiac

    - A quick take on astrology:

http://www.cracked.com/funny-2494-astrology/

Skeptical views of UFO claims:

http://www.debunker.com/ufo.html

http://www.krysstal.com/ufos.html

http://badufos.blogspot.com/

    - Everything you ever wanted to know (no matter how depressing) about Billy Meier: 

http://www.iigwest.org/investigations/meier/

Problems with alien abductions:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/aliens/

    - Take the survey!

http://www.abduct.com/survey.php

    - The Strange Case of Sr. A. Boas that took abductions to a whole new level:

http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/UFOs/boas-abduction.htm  

    - Betty and Barney Hill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_and_Barney_Hill_abduction#Analyzing_the_star_map

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4124  (Podcast Transcript)

   - Fire in the Sky & Travis Walton (A hoax?)

http://www.debunker.com/texts/walton.html (Text material)

   - Sleep Paralysis and Alien Abductions 

http://www.skepdic.com/sleepparalysis.html

    - False Memory Syndrome 

http://skepdic.com/falsememory.html

http://www.fmsfonline.org/

Protection from Alien Abductions? 

http://www.stopabductions.com/  (The author has affirmed to me that he is NOT joking)

Roswell

http://www.csicop.org/si/show/roswell_incident_and_project_mogul

http://skepdic.com/roswell.html

 Looking for life in all the right places:

http://www.solstation.com/habitable.htm

http://phl.upr.edu/projects/habitable-exoplanets-catalog

The Fermi Paradox 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox#Explaining_the_paradox_theoretically

Drake Equation

   - Drake Equation calculators (also different forms of the Equation) 

http://www.activemind.com/Mysterious/Topics/SETI/drake_equation.html#Try

http://www.classbrain.com/artmovies/publish/article_50.shtml

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/drake-equation.html

http://www.scigames.org/  (Look under "Drake Equation")

Radio SETI

http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/project/details/targeted-star-search

http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/project/details/seti-ata-galactic-center-survey

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/seti1.htm (Lots of ads)

    - Help find alien radio signals with SETI @ Home

http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/  

Optical SETI

http://www.coseti.org/introcoseti.htm

IInterstellar Travel

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/technology/warp/warp.html

 

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