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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 13: Galaxies, the Universe, Life

Lecture 13 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers galaxies (our place in the Milky Way, types of galaxies, Hubble Deep Field), the Universe (determining distances, expansion of the universe, Big Bang theory and evolution of the universe, WMAP and Planck results, dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos), and life in the universe (Earth life requirements, astrobiology, SETI). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Image processing: fixing interline transfer smear

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  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

An explainer on using Photoshop to remove interline transfer smear from MAHLI or Mastcam image frames.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 12: The Sun and Stars

Lecture 12 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Sun (physical characteristics, zones, solar cycle, sunspots, flares, coronal mass ejections, fusion, etc.) and Stars and Stellar Evolution (star types and colors, evolution, HR Diagrams, birth and death phases, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 11: Exoplanets and Solar System Origin and Formation

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Lecture 11 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers exoplanets (planets around other stars) including discovery techniques, current knowledge and characteristics, multi-planet systems, and features an interview with Dr. Debra Fischer (Yale University). Lecture 11 also covers the origin and formation of the Solar System. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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NASA and Planetary Science Budget Advocacy Update

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The Planetary Society is busy during this year's spring budget season in the United States. Casey Dreier, the Director of Advocacy for The Planetary Society, provides a quick rundown on what we've accomplished so far.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 10: Trans Neptunian Objects including Pluto, KBOs, Comets

Lecture 10 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Transneptunian Objects (TNOs) including the Pluto System, Eris, Kuiper Belt Objects, Comets, and the Oort Cloud, and also covers the solar wind, aurorae, and the heliosphere. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 9: Titan, Uranus and Neptune Systems

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Lecture 9 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course starts with guest Scott Edgington, Cassini Deputy Project Scientist at JPL, then covers Saturn's moon Titan and the Uranian and Neptunian systems including atmospheres, interiors, rings, and moons including Triton. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 8: Galilean Satellites, Saturn System

Lecture 8 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Galilean Satellites (Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto) of Jupiter, and the Saturnian System including atmosphere, interior, rings, and moons including Enceladus and intro to Titan, and a tribute to Dr. Warren Ashley. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 7: Near Earth Asteroids, Jupiter System

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  • Timothy Spahr, Director, Minor Planet Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Lecture 7 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the near Earth asteroid threat to Earth (including statistics, past impacts, and information on the Chelyabinsk fireball), introduces the Jupiter system, and includes an interview with Tim Spahr, Director of the Minor Planet Center. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 6: Mars (cont.), Asteroids

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  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab

Lecture 6 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Mars (continued discussion including Opportunity and Curiosity) and Asteroids (general, exploration, asteroid belt, meteorites) and includes an interview with NEOWISE Principal Investigator Amy Mainzer from JPL. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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