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View Resource Astronomy 250

This collection of lecture notes discusses the fundamentals of astronomy. The lecture notes review the topics of celestial mechanics, light, matter, planets, telescopes, the sun, stellar astronomy, stellar evolution, life in the universe, galaxies, and cosmology.

View Resource Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) mission reveals the conditions of the early universe by measuring the comic microwave background radiation in the sky. Using the temperature difference that is measured in a procedure called anisotropy, the WMAP project tells us about the structure of the universe. WMAP has been stunningly successful, producing our new "Standard Model of Cosmology"...

View Resource The Moon

This is a series of web pages on the Earth's Moon. It includes information about the Moon as observed by the eye from Earth, its orbital period, its phases, appearance and the reason it always presents one face, There is also material on the Moon as seen through a telescope, Moon landings, and librations of the Moon, the reason more than 50% of it can be observed from Earth. This part of the...

View Resource STEM-TP Software Applet Page

The STEM-TP Software applet page offers Java laboratory applets for the introductory astronomy teacher. These applets illustrate: the communication with extraterrestrial civilizations, radiative transfer, why the setting sun is red and the sky is blue, a random walk in two dimensions, binary star orbits, extra-solar planets, and the Doppler Shift. These applets provide a step-by-step ...

View Resource The New Cosmology

This site offers new information pertaining to the Big Bang Theory. The new idea that they are proposing is that inflation took place at less than a tiny fraction of a second during which space underwent an enormous expansion. During the past 13 billion years, space has been expanding but at increasing rates, that is, the Universe is accelerating. Most of this expansion is driven not by the mass...

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