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Beginner Level

Approx. 29 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 5 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Light and the Nature of Images....Plus, an Introduction to DS9

Welcome to Week 1 of "Analyzing the Universe!" This week we explore the nature of light, and how we get astronomical information from the images we obtain. The lectures and "wiki" material address these themes: light, image formation, and DS9. Dive right in! ...
7 videos (Total 87 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Lecture 1 The Nature of Images 13m
Lecture 2 Image Formation 14m
Lecture 3 Skipping Stones and X-ray Images 10m
Lecture 4 The Perception of Images 17m
Lecture 5 Introduction to DS9--Part I 6m
Lecture 6 Introduction to DS9--Part II 20m
4 readings
Introduction10m
Syllabus10m
Light and the Nature of Images. Plus, an introduction using DS910m
Week 1 Wikis
1 practice exercise
Quiz 1: Week 1s
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Basic Astronomical Data and a DS9 Smorgasbord

Welcome to week two of "Analyzing the Universe". This week we will be exploring some of the means we have at our disposal to find out many things about the stars. It is really quite incredible that these tiny pinpoints of light can yield so much information about their nature and about the structure of the Universe as a whole. And if this is your first visit to the course, welcome and jump right in! ...
5 videos (Total 109 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 2 The DS9 Smorgasbord--Part II 24m
Lecture 3 "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics" 20m
Lecture 4 Atomic Spectra, the Fingerprints of the Stars 11m
Lecture 5 The Cosmic Distance Scale -- Part I 27m
2 readings
DS9 and Astronomical Data10m
Week 2 Wikis
1 practice exercise
Quiz 2: Week 2s
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Stellar Evolution and White Dwarfs

This week is our first in-depth look at an x-ray source, and it involves a white dwarf in a binary system. So sharpen up your detective skills, keep your copy of DS9 at the ready, and let's get down to business. It should be an exciting week....
4 videos (Total 67 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Lecture 2 Of GK-Per and White Dwarfs, Part 1 16m
Lecture 3 Of GK-Per and White Dwarfs, Part 2 20m
Lecture 4 Of GK-Per and White Dwarfs, Part 3 13m
2 readings
GK Per -- An in depth analysis10m
Week 3 Wikis
1 practice exercise
Quiz 3: Week 3s
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Orbits, Gravity, and Clocks in the Sky

This week we turn our attention to another fascinating cosmic source, discovered in the infancy of x-ray astronomy: Cen X-3. In so doing, we will see how binary stars can determine and influence many of the interesting and surprising features of our observations....
7 videos (Total 113 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Lecture 2 A Matter of Some Gravity 16m
Lecture 3 Of Hummingbirds, Trains and The Doppler Shift 12m
Lecture 4 Clocks in the Sky-- Cen X-3, Part 1--Exosat 14m
Lecture 5 Clocks in the Sky-- Cen X-3, Part 2 14m
Lecture 6 Clocks in the Sky-- Cen X-3, Part 3 15m
Lecture 7 Clocks in the Sky--Cen X-3, Part 4--Chandra 15m
2 readings
Clocks in the Sky10m
Week 4 Wikis
1 practice exercise
Quiz 4: Week 4s
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By MMJul 12th 2017

Excellent professor ,made a dummy like me understand...Also I had no problem understanding him, even though English is not my native language... Very interesting subject, well explained. Recommended

By RFMay 26th 2018

We learned this fantastic method for analyzing astronomical images using ds9. Dr. Matilsky is a great teacher, he made the difficult topics fun and correctly showed how to solve the problems.

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Dr. Terry A. Matilsky

Professor
Physics and Astronomy

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