Astronomy 101:

Web Links Shown in Class

  • The Hubble Deep Field
  • Hubble Deep Field movie
  • Time-Lapse photography of stars near Polaris, without star trails
  • Sunrise video
  • Sunset video
  • Algebra Tutorial (Web-Link from the Mathematical Toolkit)
  • Animated Algebra Examples (Web-Link from the Mathematical Toolkit)
  • Geometry Tutorial (Web-Link from the Mathematical Toolkit)
  • Retrograde motion: earth-centered and sun-centered explanations
  • Retrograde motion from heliocentric perspective
  • Recent images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope
  • Some great Astronomy Podcasts
  • A sunspots movie
  • Galileo's middle finger: Details can be found here and here
  • The `moon hoax' controversy. Arguements claiming that we never went to the moon can be found here , whereas arguements demonstrating that we did go to the moon can be found here and here
  • Conserving angular momentum: Examples can be found here , here and here
  • The Voyager spacecraft record, `The Sounds of Earth', contents can be found here.
  • A shooting star in Australia video
  • A ripple tank applet
  • Piano applet, hear sounds, and see frequency
  • The Doppler effect for sound: Audio of police car
  • Circular wave source/Doppler effect applet
  • The Doppler effect for sound: Police car generating sound waves
  • How radar guns work applet.
  • HST video announcing the first picture taken of an extrasolar planet.
  • Bohr's Quantum Atom
  • Heat a quarter, watch it glow like a blackbody
  • San Diego State astronomer Prof. Jerry Orosz discoveres largest known stellar black hole: National Geographic
  • Watch your professor discuss exploding stars and black holes on SDSU-Live, in an interview originally broadcast on April 15, 2009.
  • FAQ (and answers!) about black holes.
  • What happens if you fall into a black hole?
  • Fantasy movie: What you would see if you fell into a black hole
  • Is information lost when a black hole forms? Read here about the 'Hawking Paradox.'
  • A brief history of Einstein's Brain
  • Einstein's Brain: Details


  • A neat interactive planetarium
  • Birth of a supernova NOVA applet
  • Monthly Sky Chart
  • NASA beams Beatles song to Polaris
  • EM wave demo applet
  • Vibrating Charges applet


    Other Web Links of Interest:

  • The Doppler effect for sound
  • Feather and Hammer being dropped by astronaut on the Moon
  • Time-Lapse photography of stars near Polaris, with star trails. The bright star near the center is Polaris; note that it barely moves.
  • Star Charts
  • This week's sky, from Sky and Telescope
  • Quicktime of retrograde motion
  • Retrograde motion: Sun-centered explanation II
  • Retrograde motion: Excellent simulation
  • Details of Ptolemaic system
  • Venus Phases Simulator
  • Course Textbook Website
  • Kepler's Laws Demonstration
  • Kepler's Laws Demonstration 1
  • Kepler's Laws Demonstration 2
  • Kepler's Laws Demonstration 3
  • Spectroscopy applet
  • How Planets are found via. Doppler effect Applet
  • Geoff Marcy's Home Page, with links to Extrasolar Planet Detection
  • Lucretius: The Nature of the Universe (complete work)
  • Sky and Telescope Applet of Saturns moon locations
  • Sky and Telescope Applet of Jupiters moon locations
  • Demonstration of beat frequency
  • Pure sound tone generator
  • Two-slit Interference of water waves applet
  • Two-slit interference: Applet showing slit separation effects
  • How to Calculate the AU based on the Solar Transit of Venus
  • The Michelson-Morley Experiment
  • Videos of physics demos, very nicely done
  • Double-slit for light
  • Double-slit for electrons
  • Links to original EPR/Bell papers
  • The Stern-Gerlach Experiment, Electron Spin, and Correlation Experiments
  • An Explanation of Bell's Theorem
  • Amusing history of Western philosophy video
  • Gravitational Lens simulation
  • Drake Equation
  • Doppler effect Applet