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AST103 Astronomy 2: The Milky Way University Elective Unit Explore our Galaxy and beyond! Introduction to Astronomy Light, gravitation, telescopes … Stars and Stellar Evolution Our Sun and the nature of stars Neutron stars & black holes

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AST103 Astronomy 2: The Milky Way

University Elective Unit

Explore our Galaxy and beyond!

  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Light, gravitation, telescopes …
  • Stars and Stellar Evolution
  • Our Sun and the nature of stars
  • Neutron stars & black holes

Two galaxies merging through their mutual gravitational attraction:

How do stars and galaxies form?

  • Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Quasars, active galaxies …
  • Origin and evolution of the Universe, the Big Bang
  • Extraterrestrial life?
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A young, open cluster

of stars NGC 6823

Topics

Ideal for study by anyone

with an enquiring, scientific mind!

  • Stars and Stellar Evolution
  • Our Sun, Nature of Stars, Birth and Death of Stars
  • Einstein & Astronomy: Neutron Stars & Black Holes
  • Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Our Galaxy, Galaxies, Quasars, Active Galaxies, Gamma-Ray Bursters, Cosmology, Dark Matter & Dark Energy, Exploring the Early Universe, The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
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Exciting “Universe” Textbook

with Extensive e-Resources

Fully up-to-date text book “Universe”

with CD-ROM and On-Line Support (2005)

http://www.whfreeman.com/universe7e/

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Universal Questions

  • How can the structure of the whole
  • Universe be studied?
  • Cosmology
  • What is the Big Bang?
  • How large and how old is the Universe?
  • How were chemical elements created?
  • What is the ultimate fate of the Universe?
  • What is the cosmic microwave background?

On-Line Animations and VideosInto the Heart of a Type II Supernova

  • Galaxies
  • How are galaxies structured?
  • When did they form? How do they evolve?
  • Is our own Milky Way galaxy typical?
  • Are there massive black holes at the centre of all galaxies?
  • What are quasars and active galaxies?
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Topical and Newsworthy

The media will be reporting on the latest news

  • Supernovae
  • What triggered this event in a nearby galaxy?
  • Why are supernova so important?
  • Massive Black Holes
  • Is there a black hole in this galactic centre?
  • How can we find out?
  • Star Birth and Life
  • How are new stars born within nebulae?
  • Could life evolve there as well?
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On-line Tests

with immediate results

  • Practice
  • multiple attempts
  • large question bank
  • Assessment 1
  • 4 short MCQ tests
  • 50% contribution
  • 40% overall to pass

Cassini-Huygens spacecraft reached Saturn (July 2004)

Huygens landing on Titan

(January 2005) 

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CLEA Experiment 1

Stellar Spectra

How can we learn about

stars from their spectra?

  • Virtual Instrumements
  • record observations
  • analyse results
  • Assessment
  • test based on worksheet
  • 50% x 1/3 contribution
  • 40% overall to pass

Contemporary Experiences in Astronomy

Classification of Stellar Spectra

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CLEA Experiments 2 & 3

Day time computer-based observations

of stars and galaxies

  • Virtual Telescope
  • find the distance to a star cluster
  • determine the age of the universe
  • use your own “observations”

Photoelectric Photometry of the Pleiades

Contemporary Experiences in Astronomy

Hubble Redshift

  • Assessment
  • test based on worksheet
  • 50% x 2/3 contribution
  • 40% overall to pass
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Clanfield Observatory

http://www.hantsastro.org.uk/

24 inch reflecting telescope

See the night sky for real!

  • Hampshire Astronomical Group
  • Tour, demonstrations, talks …
  • … and observations

5 inch refractor

  • Two or more visits per semester
  • free of charge
  • regardless of weather!
  • Solar System and deep sky
  • wide range of telescopes & equipment
  • solar observing
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South Downs Planetarium

http://www.southdowns.org.uk/

See the night sky in any weather!

  • Educational Value
  • helps understanding
  • lively presentations
  • highlights topical events

10 metre dome

100 seat star theatre

Largest planetarium in the South

  • One visit per semester
  • free of charge
  • free transport
  • regardless of weather!
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Interactive Classes

See the night sky in any weather!

  • Educational Value
  • helps understanding
  • lively presentations
  • highlights topical events

individual handset

“Ask the Audience”

anonymous answers

  • One visit per semester
  • free of charge
  • free transport
  • regardless of weather!
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Where is dark matter in galaxies like the Sombrero?

Further Information

Astronomy 2: The Milky Way

marco.bruni@port.ac.uk

Mercantile House, Floor 7

http://www.whfreeman.com/universe7e/

  • Follow-On Units
  • Level 3 unit AST304Stars, Black Holes and Cosmology
  • Level 2 Astrobiology (2005/6)

What is at the heart of the Crab nebula?