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PHY 195: Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy (csuDHTV). California State University Dominguez Hills. Instructor: Dr. Bruce Bett.

This course will be an introductory astronomy survey course with a strong emphasis in planetary science. There will be overviews of all the major bodies in our solar system, as well as stars, galaxies, origins and evolution of the solar system and the universe, and the possibility of life in the universe. The course will cover significant solar system processes such as impact, tectonics, volcanism, atmospheric processes, effects of the solar wind, as well as the basics of orbital mechanics. Also covered will be the history of exploration of each of the bodies in our solar system. Planetary surfaces, atmospheres, interiors, magnetic fields, and ring systems and their associated origins and processes will be explored. Also, the sun and its effects on the planets will be addressed. Experts from around the country will join the lecturer via videoconference and phone to describe their research and to take questions. Though not an observational astronomy class per se, students will be taught how to and required to make basic observations of the night sky not requiring a telescope, of objects such as planets, the Moon, meteors, satellites, and stars.

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  • Lecture 01 – Tour of the Solar System Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – How We Explore Space Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Telescopes, Eclipses, and an the Moon Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Moon, Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Venus and Mars Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Mars Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Asteroids and Asteroid Threat Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Jupiter and Saturn Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Saturn and Uranus Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Neptune and Trans Neptunian Objects including Pluto and Kuiper Belt Objects Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – The Outer Solar System Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Exoplanets, the Sun, and Solar Physics Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – The Sun and Stars Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Galaxies, the Universe, Life Unlimited

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