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TTC Video - Our Night Sky With Edward M. Murphy

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TTC Video - Our Night Sky With Edward M. Murphy

TTC Video - Our Night Sky With Edward M. Murphy
Course No. 1846 | .MKV, x264, 784 kbps, 960x720 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 12x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 2.51 GB
Lecturer: Professor Edward M. Murphy Ph.D.

For thousands of years, the star-filled sky has been a source of wonder, discovery, entertainment, and instruction. Ancient people from nearly every continent and culture wove exciting stories about the mythological figures they saw in the heavens. People also used the sun, moon, and stars for time-keeping and navigation. And careful observers throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere kept precise astronomical records, eventually paving the way for the Scientific Revolution and its remarkable discoveries about the nature of the universe.

Even today, watching the sky has not lost its fascination. Equipped only with a pair of eyes or, at most, binoculars and a small telescope, you can behold marvels such as these:

The jewel-like star cluster called the Pleiades in the constellation Taurus, easily visible with the naked eye and even more magnificent through a pair of binoculars
The broad band of the Milky Way arching across the summer sky; the band is the plane of our galaxy seen edge-on from the inside
The Perseid meteor shower, a celestial display that peaks in mid-August of every year when Earth passes through debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle
The cratered face of the moon, stark evidence of the violent era after the birth of the solar system-a record almost completely erased from Earth due to weathering
The four Galilean moons of Jupiter, named after Galileo, whose discovery of them in 1610 helped overthrow the geocentric model of the universe
A total solar eclipse, an awe-inspiring spectacle that occurs somewhere on Earth roughly every 18 months and is well worth traveling thousands of miles to see

Course Lecture Titles
01. Constellations and Their Stars
02. Seeing and Navigating the Sky
03. Using Binoculars and Backyard Telescopes
04. Observing the Moon and the Sun
05. Observing the Planets with a Telescope
06. Meteor Showers, Comets, Eclipses, and More
07. Northern Sky and the North Celestial Pole
08. Fall Sky
09. Winter Sky
10. Spring Sky
11. Summer Sky
12. Southern Sky and the Milky Way

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