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ASTR 160: Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics (Spring 2007, Open Yale Courses).

Instructor: Professor Charles Bailyn. This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out. (from oyc.yale.edu)

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  • Lecture 01 – Introduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Planetary Orbits Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Our Solar System and the Pluto Problem Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Discovering Exoplanets: Hot Jupiters Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Planetary Transits Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Microlensing, Astrometry and Other Methods Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Direct Imaging of Exoplanets Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Introduction to Black Holes Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Special and General Relativity Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Tests of Relativity Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Special and General Relativity (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Stellar Mass Black Holes Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Stellar Mass Black Holes (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Pulsars Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Supermassive Black Holes Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Hubble’s Law and the Big Bang Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Hubble’s Law and the Big Bang (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Hubble’s Law and the Big Bang (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Omega and the End of the Universe Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Dark Matter Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe and the Big Rip Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Supernovae Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Other Constraints: The Cosmic Microwave Background Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – The Multiverse and Theories of Everything Unlimited

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