Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 物理

大学或机构: University of Rochester(罗切斯特大学)

授课老师: Adam Frank



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This course provides students with a short overview of structure and content of the Universe.  Each week will cover one question.  In week one we address the issue of extra-solar planets - planets orbiting other stars and ask what do we know about these alien worlds touching on issues of life in the Universe as well. In the second week we explore the life of stars.  The third week looks at galaxies their history and their distribution across space.  The last two lectures explore cosmology - the history of the Universe as a whole.

Each lecture will use online interactives developed for the textbook that will help students gain an understanding of the dynamic nature of the topic.  By the end of the class students will have gained an overview of the Universe they inhabit and an understanding of its biggest unresolved questions.


Week 1: Planets and Life in The Universe

Exoplanets searches, exoplanet census, astrobiology

Week 2: The Life of Stars

Star formation, fusion and stellar middle age, black holes and stellar death

Week 3: Galaxies and Their Environments

Galaxy types, Active Galactic Nuclei, Clusters of Clusters of Galaxies

Week 4: The History of The Universe

Why the Big Bang? A History of Time, What Happened Before the Big Bang



An introduction to the most modern astronomy's most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe.





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