Air Date: Sunday mornings 9/9/01 - 12/9/01 2:00/1:00 - 3:00/2:00 a.m. MT/PT
Subject: Telecourse/Science
Grades: Adult
Length: 26 episodes @ 30 minutes
Distributors: PBS
School Record Rights: Fair Use

This telecourse offers an exciting look at the universe through the eyes of noted astronomers and astrophysicists from all over the world. It provides informed and provocative insight into astronomical and planetary research. The twenty lessons in this telecourse cover four major areas: Exploring the Sky, The Stars, The Universe of Galaxies, and Planets in Perspective. It explores a broad range of astronomy topics, concepts, and principles, from the motions of the visible sky to dark matter, from our own planet to the stars and galaxies. The telecourse examines evidence for the big bang and continuing evolution of the universe and tracks the formation, life, and death of stars. The programs include interviews with leading experts; original computer graphics; footage from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, and the European Space Agency; and images from leading observatories throughout the world and the Hubble Space Telescope. Optional lab exercises have been added to emphasize certain concepts and enhance understanding.

1 The Scale of the Cosmos
2 The Sky
3 Cycles of the Sky
4 The Origins of Modern Astronomy
5 Newton, Einstein, and Gravity
6 The Tools of Astronomy
7 Atoms and Starlight
8 The Sun
9 Stellar Properties
10 Stellar Formation
11 The Lives of Stars
12 The Deaths of Stars
13 Neutron Stars and Black Holes
14 The Milky Way
15 Galaxies
16 Peculiar Galaxies
17 The Big Bang
18 The Fate of the Universe
19 The Origin of the Solar System
20 Planet Earth
21 The Moon and Mercury
22 Venus and Mars
23 Jupiter and Saturn
24 Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
25 Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets
26 Life on Other Worlds


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