Bruce Betts' Online Astronomy Course 2012
The Planetary Society's Director of Projects, Dr. Bruce Betts, returned to the virtual classroom at California State University Dominguez Hills from February 8, 2012 to May 9, 2012 teaching Physics 195: Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy. Here is an archive of all 13 classes.
He is also teaching an updated version of the the same class. Go here to learn more.
Each class is one-and-a-half hours. Just click on a session title to get to a large version of the video for that class.
If you are curious about what was covered in the class, here is the syllabus (PDF), or just see the descriptions with the classes below.
Overview Day: Tour of the Solar System, and a recording of Planetary Radio What's Up segment with Mat Kaplan
How do we explore planets and space?: Easy Things to Look for in the Night Sky with and without telescopes, telescopes, spacecraft, using multiple wavelengths, remote sensing, and In Situ Studies
The Moon, Mercury, and Planetary Surfaces Processes
Venus, Earth, Mars Intercomparison, and Focus on Venus. Guest Emily Lakdawalla gives updates on Venus.
Asteroids, including Near Earth Objects, and impact hazards to the Earth.
Jupiter and its satellites, Magnetospheres
Saturnian System, Ring Systems
Uranian and Neptunian Systems
Pluto system, Kuiper Belt Objects, Oort cloud, Comets and effects of the Sun (solar wind, light pressure)
Session 11: Exoplanets and Origin of the Solar System, Guest: Darin Ragozzine, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Extra Solar Planets: exploring other solar systems, and origins of our own
The Sun and Stars: Formation, evolution, types. Plus Solar Sails and Lagrange Points.
Galaxies, Expansion of the Universe, Big Bang, Life and SETI
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