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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?


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