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• #### ASTRONOMY COURSE

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• #### Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy - Final Assessment

This is the final assessment for Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy. (Available when you subscribe.)

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You can cancel anytime during your free trial and you won't be charged. • #### Orbits and Gravity 3.1 The Laws of Planetary Motion 3.2 Newton’s Great Synthesis 3.3 Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation 3.4 Orbits in the Solar System 3.5 Motions of Satellites and Spacecraft 3.6 Gravity with More Than Two Bodies Final Assessment • #### Earth, Moon, and Sky 4.1 Earth and Sky 4.2 The Seasons 4.3 Keeping Time 4.4 The Calendar 4.5 Phases and Motions of the Moon 4.6 Ocean Tides and the Moon 4.7 Eclipses of the Sun and Moon Final Assessment • #### Radiation and Spectra 5.1 The Behavior of Light 5.2 The Electromagnetic Spectrum 5.3 Spectroscopy in Astronomy 5.4 The Structure of the Atom 5.5 Formation of Spectral Lines 5.6 The Doppler Effect Final Assessment • #### Astronomical Instruments 6.1 Telescopes 6.2 Telescopes Today 6.3 Visible-Light Detectors and Instruments 6.4 Radio Telescopes 6.5 Observations outside Earth’s Atmosphere 6.6 The Future of Large Telescopes Final Assessment • #### Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System 7.1 Overview of Our Planetary System 7.2 Composition and Structure of Planets 7.3 Dating Planetary Surfaces 7.4 Origin of the Solar System Final Assessment • #### Earth as a Planet 8.1 The Global Perspective 8.2 Earth’s Crust 8.3 Earth’s Atmosphere 8.4 Life, Chemical Evolution, and Climate Change 8.5 Cosmic Influences on the Evolution of Earth Final Assessment • #### Cratered Worlds 9.1 General Properties of the Moon 9.2 The Lunar Surface 9.3 Impact Craters 9.4 The Origin of the Moon 9.5 Mercury Final Assessment • #### Earthlike Planets: Venus and Mars 10.1 The Nearest Planets: An Overview 10.2 The Geology of Venus 10.3 The Massive Atmosphere of Venus 10.4 The Geology of Mars 10.5 Water and Life on Mars 10.6 Divergent Planetary Evolution Final Assessment • #### The Giant Planets 11.1 Exploring the Outer Planets 11.2 The Giant Planets 11.3 Atmospheres of the Giant Planets Final Assessment • #### Rings, Moons, and Pluto 12.1 Ring and Moon Systems Introduced 12.2 The Galilean Moons of Jupiter 12.3 Titan and Triton 12.4 Pluto and Charon 12.5 Planetary Rings Final Assessment • #### Comets and Asteroids: Debris of the Solar System 13.1 Asteroids 13.2 Asteroids and Planetary Defense 13.3 The “Long-Haired” Comets 13.4 The Origin and Fate of Comets and Related Objects Final Assessment • #### Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System 14.1 Meteors 14.2 Meteorites: Stones from Heaven 14.3 Formation of the Solar System 14.4 Comparison with Other Planetary Systems 14.5 Planetary Evolution Final Assessment • #### The Sun: A Garden-Variety Star 15.1 The Structure and Composition of the Sun 15.2 The Solar Cycle 15.3 Solar Activity above the Photosphere 15.4 Space Weather Final Assessment • #### The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse 16.1 Sources of Sunshine: Thermal and Gravitational Energy 16.2 Mass, Energy, and the Theory of Relativity 16.3 The Solar Interior: Theory 16.4 The Solar Interior: Observations Final Assessment • #### Analyzing Starlight 17.1 The Brightness of Stars 17.2 Colors of Stars 17.3 The Spectra of Stars (and Brown Dwarfs) 17.4 Using Spectra to Measure Stellar Radius, Composition, and Motion Final Assessment • #### The Stars: A Celestial Census 18.1 A Stellar Census 18.2 Measuring Stellar Masses 18.3 Diameters of Stars 18.4 The H–R Diagram Final Assessment • #### Celestial Distances 19.1 Fundamental Units of Distance 19.2 Surveying the Stars 19.3 Variable Stars: One Key to Cosmic Distances 19.4 The H–R Diagram and Cosmic Distances Final Assessment • #### Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space 20.1 The Interstellar Medium 20.2 Interstellar Gas 20.3 Cosmic Dust 20.4 Cosmic Rays 20.5 The Life Cycle of Cosmic Material 20.6 Interstellar Matter around the Sun Final Assessment • #### The Birth of Stars and the Discovery of Planets outside the Solar System 21.1 Star Formation 21.2 The H–R Diagram and the Study of Stellar Evolution 21.3 Evidence That Planets Form around Other Stars 21.4 Planets beyond the Solar System: Search and Discovery 21.5 Exoplanets Everywhere: What We Are Learning 21.6 New Perspectives on Planet Formation Final Assessment • #### Stars from Adolescence to Old Age 22.1 Evolution from the Main Sequence to Red Giants 22.2 Star Clusters 22.3 Checking Out the Theory 22.4 Further Evolution of Stars 22.5 The Evolution of More Massive Stars Final Assessment • #### The Death of Stars 23.1 The Death of Low-Mass Stars 23.2 Evolution of Massive Stars: An Explosive Finish 23.3 Supernova Observations 23.4 Pulsars and the Discovery of Neutron Stars 23.5 The Evolution of Binary Star Systems 23.6 The Mystery of the Gamma-Ray Bursts Final Assessment • #### Black Holes and Curved Spacetime 24.1 Introducing General Relativity 24.2 Spacetime and Gravity 24.3 Tests of General Relativity 24.4 Time in General Relativity 24.5 Black Holes 24.6 Evidence for Black Holes 24.7 Gravitational Wave Astronomy Final Assessment • #### The Milky Way Galaxy 25.1 The Architecture of the Galaxy 25.2 Spiral Structure 25.3 The Mass of the Galaxy 25.4 The Center of the Galaxy 25.5 Stellar Populations in the Galaxy 25.6 The Formation of the Galaxy Final Assessment • #### Galaxies 26.1 The Discovery of Galaxies 26.2 Types of Galaxies 26.3 Properties of Galaxies 26.4 The Extragalactic Distance Scale 26.5 The Expanding Universe Final Assessment • #### Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Supermassive Black Holes 27.1 Quasars 27.2 Supermassive Black Holes: What Quasars Really Are 27.3 Quasars as Probes of Evolution in the Universe Final Assessment • #### The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies 28.1 Observations of Distant Galaxies 28.2 Galaxy Mergers and Active Galactic Nuclei 28.3 The Distribution of Galaxies in Space 28.4 The Challenge of Dark Matter 28.5 The Formation and Evolution of Galaxies and Structure in the Universe Final Assessment • #### The Big Bang 29.1 The Age of the Universe 29.2 A Model of the Universe 29.3 The Beginning of the Universe 29.4 The Cosmic Microwave Background 29.5 What Is the Universe Really Made Of? 29.6 The Inflationary Universe 29.7 The Anthropic Principle Final Assessment • #### Life in the Universe 30.1 The Cosmic Context for Life 30.2 Astrobiology 30.3 Searching for Life beyond Earth 30.4 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Final Assessment • #### Subscribe for as low as$199 per year

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