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Bruce BettsApril 25, 2014

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

In my 11th class of my Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class at CSUDH, I cover exoplanets and explore the origin and formation of our own solar system. The video is below. For more information about the class, see my class page,

This lecture covers exoplanets (planets around other stars) including discovery techniques (including radial velocity and transit), current knowledge and characteristics (including recent Kepler announcements), multi-planet systems, and features an interview with exoplanet hunter Dr. Debra Fischer (Yale University). Lecture 11 also covers the origin and formation of the Solar System. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

In the next class I will cover the sun and stars and stellar evolution.

Read more: solar system formation, Planetary Society Projects, astronomy, extrasolar planets, citizen science, planetary astronomy, Hubble Space Telescope, pretty pictures, Spitzer Space Telescope, Kepler, Planetary Society Video, explaining science, Planetary Society, explaining image processing

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