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The Great Galaxy in Andromeda - Credit & Copyright: John P. Gleason, Celestial Images


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If this looks a little like an Introductory College Astronomy Course, that is because these pages were developed for my Courses for Liberal Arts Majors. These pages will evolve to feature topical material and new research.

(Copious thanks go to Susan Rappoport who has done a bit of everything in making these pages possible.)

The Scale of The Universe Introduction: Through the Universe at the Speed of Light
A Brief History of Astronomy Forces and Light
Telescopes: Ground-Based and Space Bourne
Refractors, Reflectors, Radio & Space Telescopes
Thermal Radiation & Atomic Structure
Stellar Spectra & Spectral Classification The Sun as a Star; The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
Nuclear Energy/ Solar Neutrinos Stellar Evolution I -- Forming Stars to the Main Sequence
Stellar Evolution II -- Massive Stars Supernovae, Neutron Stars & Pulsars
General Relativity Black Holes
The Milky Way Galaxy The Interstellar Medium
The Distance Scale in the Universe Galaxies: The Spiral Nebulae
Clusters of Galaxies Dark Matter & Gravitational Lenses
Quasars & Active Galaxies Starbursts & Colliding Galaxies
The Big Bang - A Brief History of the Universe Cosmology -- The Structure and Future of the Universe

Featured Links

  • NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Images and description of NASA supported research of topical interest. Frequently features Hubble Space Telescope and other research that you'll see on the news.
  • Griffith Observatory Star Award Sites.
  • NASA Watch - Latest space News.
  • The Nine Planets, a multimedia tour of the planets.
  • Hubble Space Telescope Photos
  • Visit a black hole or neutron star!
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    Last Updated 29 October, 2009

    Created by Gene Smith, CASS/UCSD, with considerable assistance from S. Rappoport.

    In Memory of Prof. H. E. (Gene) Smith