ASTR 160 - Lecture 1 - Introduction

Lecture 1 - Introduction

Overview

Professor Bailyn introduces the course and discusses the course material and requirements. The three major topics that the course will cover are (1) exoplanets--planets around stars other than the Sun, (2) black holes--stars whose gravitational pull is so strong that even their own light rays cannot escape, and (3) cosmology--the study of the Universe as a whole. Class proper begins with a discussion on planetary orbits. A brief history of astronomy is also given and its major contributors over the centuries are introduced: Ptolemy, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton.

Resources

Professor Bailyn's guide to Extrasolar Planet Websites
http://www.astro.yale.edu/bailyn/astro160/planets.html

Course Media

Transcript

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Audio

mp3

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High Bandwidth Video

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