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Title: Exploration of the Solar System (29:52)


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Exploration of the Solar System (2952)
  • Spring 2010

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Why is solar system astronomy interesting?
  • Case 1 the planet Mars as it appears in the
    night sky

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Lets take a look through a telescope

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We have spacecraft on the surface of Mars our
emissaries on another planet
  • First in 1976, then 1996, then three since 2004

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Example 2 The Sun as an Astronomical Object
  • Reign of Akhenaten and Nefertiti (1350 BCE)

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If you look at the Sun in white light, it might
not look much different than the image of
Akhenaton (e.g. recently). However, if we look
at the Sun with light of different wavelengths,
we see something quite different.
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The Sun is a dynamic object ( a seething
cauldron)
See internet movie
Phenomena on the Sun have consequences for
conditions (and life) here on Earth
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Some of the objects and phenomena we will see
this semester
  • Mars at opposition (closest for next 2 years)
  • Asteroid Vesta at opposition
  • Planet Saturn and its moon Titan
  • Venus reemerging as the Evening Star
  • The Moon and its path across the sky
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