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AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy1AP1D02 – Introduction to AstronomyProfessor S.F. YuDepartment of Applied PhysicsThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy2Introduction to Astronomy – Part IContentsAn introduction to our UniverseOur place in the UniverseDiscovering the Universe for yourselfScience of AstronomyThe origin of modern astronomyUnderstanding motion, energy, and gravityLightOverview of our solar systemOur solar system and its originEarth and the terrestrial worldsJovian planet systemsAsteroids, comets and pluto
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy3Textbook1. Jeffrey O. BennettMegan O. Donahue, Nicholas Schneider and MarkVoit (2010, 6th Ed.)The Essential Cosmic Perspective:Addison-Wesley.Recommend for self-reading1. Dinah L. Moche (2009)Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides)7th Edition : John Wily & Son.2. Chaisson, Eric and Steve McMillan. (2012, 7th Ed.)Astronomy - ABeginner's Guide to the Universe: Prentice-Hall, Inc.3. Comins, Neil F. and William J. Kaufmann (2008)Discovering theUniverse: W.H. FreemanVideo Aid1. ”Hyperspace”, BBC video, 2001, ISBN : 0-7907-6610-8.2. “The Planets” BBC Worldwide 2000.3. “The Elegant Universe”, Nova 2003. ISBN : 1-59375-006-4.
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy4An introduction to our UniverseOur Place in the Universe
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy5A large, glowingball of gas thatgeneratesheatand light throughnuclear fusion.Star
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy6PlanetA moderately large object which orbits a star;it shines by reflected light.Planets may berocky, icy, or gaseous in composition.
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy7MoonAn object whichorbits a planet.
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy8AsteroidArelativelysmallandrockyobjectwhich orbits a star.
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy9CometArelativelysmall and icyobject whichorbits a star.to suncomet’smotionnucleus
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy10Solar (Star) SystemA star andall the othermaterialswhich orbitit, includingitsplanetsandmoonsisastarsystem.UranusSaturnJupiterPlutoNeptuneThe Solar systemMarsEarthClose-up ofinner Solar systemVenusMercurySun
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AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy12Our Solar SystemsunMercuryVenusEarthMarsJupiterSaturnUranusNeptuneplutoaccurate_model_of_solar_sys.swf
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy13How large is the Solar System?The Solar System, with the distances between objects to scaleThe SolarSystem, with thesize of all objectsto scale
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy14NebulaAn interstellar cloud of gas and/or dust
AP1D02Introduction to Astronomy15Galaxy M31A great island of stars in space, all held togetherby gravity and orbiting a common center.

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Astronomy, Solar System, The Planets

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