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
  • Algebra and Geometry Tutorials (Web-Link from the Mathematical Toolkit)
  • Animated Algebra Examples (Web-Link from the Mathematical Toolkit)
  • Retrograde motion: earth-centered and sun-centered explanations
  • Retrograde motion from heliocentric perspective
  • A view-from-above orrery of the heliocentric Solar System
  • Some great Astronomy Podcasts
  • A sunspots movie
  • Galileo's middle finger: Details can be found here, 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
  • Feather and Hammer being dropped by astronaut on the Moon
  • Very cool gravity Applet
  • The Voyager spacecraft record, `The Sounds of Earth', contents can be found here.
  • 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
  • History Channel program on the Life and Death of a star
  • SDSU Live: Watch your professor discuss exploding stars and black holes.
  • Black Holes: Watch your professor discuss neutron stars on BBC/Horizons program, Who's Afraid of a Big Black Hole?
  • Neutron Stars: Watch your professor discuss neutron stars on BBC/Horizons program, The Seven Ages of Starlight.
  • Black Holes: Watch your professor discuss black holes on BBC/Horizons program, The Seven Ages of Starlight.
  • Supermassive Black Holes: Watch your professor discuss supermassive black holes on Science Channel program, Strip the Cosmos.
  • San Diego State astronomer Prof. Jerry Orosz discovers largest known stellar black hole: SDSUniverse
  • San Diego State astronomer Prof. Jerry Orosz discovers largest known stellar black hole: National Geographic
  • Hear your professor discuss the total lunar eclipse of April 14, 2014 on San Diego Channel 6 News
  • 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 multi-wavelength view of the Milky Way.'
  • Einstein's Brain: Details
  • The Mountain, a video by Terje Sorgjerd
  • A Brief History of Time (Erol Morris movie based on Stephen Hawking's book)


    Other Web Links of Interest:

  • Upcoming eclipses visible from San Diego
  • Satellites viewable in the night sky, from San Diego, CA
  • Star Charts
  • This week's sky, from Sky and Telescope
  • 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
  • The Doppler effect for sound
  • Time-Lapse photography of stars near Polaris, with star trails. The bright star near the center is Polaris; note that it barely moves.
  • Quicktime of retrograde motion
  • Retrograde motion: Excellent simulation
  • Details of Ptolemaic system
  • Venus Phases Simulator
  • 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)
  • Demonstration of beat frequency
  • Two-slit Interference of water waves applet
  • Two-slit interference: Applet showing slit separation effects
  • The Michelson-Morley Experiment
  • Double-slit for light
  • Double-slit for electrons
  • Links to original EPR/Bell papers
  • The Stern-Gerlach Experiment, Electron Spin, and Correlation Experiments
  • Drake Equation
  • Doppler effect Applet