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View Resource Failing as a Cool Star

Astrobiology Magazine article published July 14, 2004. At the 13th Cambridge Workshop on "Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun," Dr. Kevin L. Luhman (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) announced the discovery of a unique pair of newborn brown dwarfs in orbit around each other. Brown dwarfs were discovered in the mid-nineties as hybrid stellar objects: too small to ignite as stars,...

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 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 Misconceptions in Astronomy

This list is a work in progress. We are using it to build a library of (mis)information and categorize the location of the proper science. Click on the linked misconceptions to see the scientific explanations of these common mistakes courtesy of a number of informative online scientific resources. The effort to find and link more and more good science to this list is ongoing, and eventually all...

View Resource Digitized Sky Survey

The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States) has created this set of all-sky photograph surveys from the ground based telescopes Palomar and UK Schmidt in several colors. Images from any portion of the sky can be acquired either in FITS or GIF format. They can be retrieved by their position or target name. All images on the site are provided free of charge, also links to related external...

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