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80 Astronomy

Last update: May 17/19

Courses

Introduction to Astronomy (CC BY-NC-SA)

Introduction to Astronomy provides a quantitative introduction to the physics of the solar system, stars, the interstellar medium, the galaxy, and the universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models.

Introduction to Astronomy (CC BY)

In ASTR101, you will be introduced to our current understanding of the universe and how we have come to this understanding. We will start with the ancient Greeks and their belief that the universe was an orderly place capable of being understood. We will continue through history, as we acquired more information on the nature of the universe and our models of the universe changed to reflect this. This will take us through several different worldviews.

Images

Digital Diagrams for Astronomy This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY)

A collection of images created or adapted by Douglas College with a grant from BCcampus Open Education for the Astronomy: OpenStax textbook. Many of the images are available in several formats, with labelled and unlabelled versions to be used for assessment purposes.

Textbooks

Astronomy – 1st Canadian EditionThis is a Canadian created resource (CC BY)

The first Canadian edition of an introduction to astronomy open textbook. It was adapted from the Astronomy open textbook published by OpenStax by Jennifer Kirkey at Douglas College.

BCIT Astronomy 7000: A Survey of AstronomyThis is a Canadian created resource (CC BY)

An adaptation of the Canadian edition of the Astronomy originally published by OpenStax for courses at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

General Astronomy (CC BY-SA)

This Wikibook introduces the reader to that tapestry and the process that revealed it to humanity. It presents astronomy not only as a field of knowledge, but also as a human endeavor in science.

Tools

Stellarium (Open source)

Stellarium is a free, open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Videos

Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (CC BY-NC)

A collection of videos (33) looking at the possibility of life in space as part of the Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (ASTROBIO) open online course.

AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery (CC BY-NC)

A collection of 4 videos on astronomy as a discipline.

Limits of Resolution: The Rayleigh Criterion Video Series This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY)

Four videos created to accompany the chapter on “Limits of Resolution: The Rayleigh Criterion” in College Physics (OpenStax). The videos provide an introduction and answer the following questions: How far apart can we see stars in the Andromeda Galaxy? How big of a telescope is needed to resolve Moon craters? How big of a telescope is needed to resolve the Moon Landing?

See also Physics.

License

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Astronomy by BCcampus is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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