TMS - Astronomy I - Earth Sky and Planets

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TMS - Astronomy I: Earth, Sky and Planets
by James Kaler
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The Earth, the sun and moon, the planets, comets, asteroids and meteors-the solar system is all around us, yet how much do we truly know about it? When we explore the Earth and the layout of the sky, what can we learn about the meanings of the day, the year, the seasons, and the constellations? Which physical laws control what we see, and what are the natures of the celestial bodies? Professor James Kaler-a former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow and author of many acclaimed books on astronomy-answers these questions, taking us on a fascinating and informative voyage through the Solar System.
The heart of this course examines the planets themselves, and reveals how they are constructed and how they differ from one another. By studying the physical astronomy of all the planets in the Solar System, we can attempt to understand their true nature. Ultimately, these lectures will bring us to a greater understanding of the Solar System\'s creation, which brings us again back to the beginning and what it means to us as we look outward from our rotating Earth.
Professor James B. Kaler is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.A. in Astronomy from the University of Michigan in 1960 and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1964. He has been at Illinois ever since. His research area, in which he has published over 120 papers, involves dying stars, specifically the graceful shells and rings of gas ejected in stellar death called \'\'planetary nebulae.\'\' He has held both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, and has been awarded medals for his work from the University of Liége, in Belgium, and from the University of Mexico. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
14 Lectures
30 minutes/lecture
1 We and the Universe
2 Reflections of the Spinning Earth
3 Sun and Seasons
4 Stories in the Sky: Constellations
5 Romance of the Moon
6 Happy Wanderers: The Planets
7 Keeping It All Together
8 Reaching Outward
9 Our Domain: Earth and the Moon
10 Iron Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars
11 Monsters of the Midway: Jupiter and Saturn
12 Distant Outposts: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
13 Leftovers of Creation: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors
14 Creation
 
TMS - Astronomy I Earth, Sky and Planets.pdf 4.296 MB
[01-14] We and the Universe.mp3 9.733 MB
[02-14] Reflections of the Spinning Earth.mp3 6.867 MB
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