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

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.

 


 

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

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.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 5: Venus (cont.), Mars

Lecture 5 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Venus (continued: surface landers, exploration), and Mars (characteristics, many types of geologic features, poles, exploration spacecraft: flyby, orbiters, and landers/rovers). Mars Science Laboratory Chief Engineer / LDSD Project Engineer Rob Manning joins the Mars discussion from JPL. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 4: Eclipses, Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres, Venus

Lecture 4 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers eclipses, Mercury (characteristics, geology, core, exploration, water ice at poles), the Terrestrial Planet Atmospheres/Triad Planets -- a comparison of Venus, Earth, and Mars and why their atmospheres are so different, including discussions of the Greenhouse Effect, temperature systems (Kelvins, Celsius, Fahrenheit), and plate tectonics; and Venus (characteristics, geologic evolution, exploration). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 3: Telescopes, the Moon

Lecture 3 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers optical, radio, and space telescopes, the history, exploration, and importance of the Moon to our Solar System understanding, as well as impact cratering and lunar tides and phases. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 2: How We Explore Space

Lecture 2 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers easy things to see in the night sky without a telescope, and the electromagnetic spectrum (from gamma rays to visible to radio waves) -- what it is, and how and why we use different wavelength regions to explore planets and even learn their compositions. The class concludes with guest Mat Kaplan, Media Producer for The Planetary Society and Bruce and Mat record a What's Up segment for Planetary Radio. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 1: Tour of the Solar System

Take a tour of the Solar System in class 1 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Over the Moon with Bill Nye and the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration

Bill Nye gets sent over the Moon via the LADEE Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) laser link. The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla connected live with LLCD principal investigator Don Boroson at MIT's Lincoln Laboratories and LADEE project manager Don Cornwell at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center to see the LLCD link in action. They played a congratulatory video from Bill Nye over the lunar link to be received on Earth. LLCD paves the way for future space missions to use lasers for high-bandwidth communications, including live HD video from space.

 


 

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