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8.5 The Cosmic Engine

General information Models of the Universe The lives of stars
Electromagnetic radiation Influence of the Sun  

General information

Webcast presentations from the 2005 International Science School, The University of Sydney, available for modem or broadband (you will need to follow the link to History and then 2005 School)

Cosmic Engine - from Australian Telescope National Facility

The Cosmic Engine - from HSC Physics, UNSW

Astronomy resources- from the Australia Telescope National Facility

Astronomy Workshop Tools - from Douglas Hamilton, University of Maryland

Stars and Galaxies - from Exploring Earth, McDougal Littell, Classzone

Earth's Moon - from Exploring Earth, McDougal Littell, Classzone

The Sun and the Solar System - from Exploring Earth, McDougal Littell, Classzone

The Planets and the Solar System - from Exploring Earth, McDougal Littell, Classzone

Australian Astronomy, Student & Teacher Resources

Universe!- An Education Forum exploring the horizons of space, time and matter - from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Ionospheric Prediction Service: Interesting Facts and Educational Material - from The Australian Space Weather Agency

The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere - from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre

From Stargazers to Starships - from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre

A brief history of cosmology - from the University of St Andrews

Windows to the Universe - from University Corporation of Atmospheric Research

Cosmology: The Study of the Universe - from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre

Frequently Asked Questions in Cosmology

Primordial Deuterium and the Big Bang - a feature article from Scientific American

Violence in the Cosmos - explosive processes and evolution of the universe; from the University of Tennessee

Astronomy 162: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology - from the University of Tennessee

Leicester University's Educational Guide to Space and Astronomy - contains information on space missions and the universe

Ask the Space Scientist - from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre, including Origins of the Universe and The Big Bang Theory, and
the Astronomy Cafe


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Models of the Universe

Dark Stars, Black Holes, Bright Galaxies - from Swinburne University

Astronomy Timeline - a timeline of important events in astronomical history; from Windows to the Universe, University Corporation of Atmospheric Research

The Universe of Aristotle and Ptolemy - Medieval astronomy models; from the University of Tennessee

Starry Messenger - notes on the Early History of Astronomy (developed in the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University), includes web pages on Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Galileo, Kepler and Ptolemy

Galaxies and the Universe - WWW Course Notes - from The University of Alabama

CERES: The Expanding Universe - lesson ideas from The University of Montana

Quark and Hadron Dynamics - in depth high energy physics

The Friedmann Universe - and the cosmological principle; from Stephen Hawking's Universe, PBS online


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The lives of stars

Color Temperature of a Black Body Radiator - an interactive Java Applet from Molecular Expressions Microscopy Primer

The Milky Way's Hidden Black Hole - an article from Scientific American

Distant, Dusty Galaxies - an article from Scientific American

Nature of the Stars - a deep, non-technical review of stars and their natures for the beginner;
by Jim Kaler at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Spectra - an introduction to the spectra of stars; by Jim Kaler at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Astronomy Picture of the Day - archive of images from Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

Fusion Basics - from the European Fusion Development Agreement

The Hubble Law - Java applet that allows students to take spectra and galaxy dimensions to simulate Hubble's Law
(NB applet can take 5 mins to load)

The Hot Big Bang Model - contains information on the relationship between particle physics and the Big Bang

Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

The Stellar Life Cycle - from University of California, Berkeley

Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram - from University of Oregon

The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram - from University of California, San Diego

Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram - classroom activity plotting stars on the H-R Diagram, from University of Montana

The Life of a Star - from The Astrophysics Group, Keele University

Color Designation and the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram - from Monthly Astronomy Lessons (Dr Jamie Love)

Types of Stars and the HR diagram - notes and review questions from Astronomy Notes

    Main Sequence Stars
Star Life Cycle - interactive tutorial from ASPIRE, NASA

Main Sequence Stars - from Imagine, NASA

Main Sequence Stars - from Australian Telescope National Facility

Main Sequence Stars - including an Interative Laboratory, from University of Utah

Main Sequence Stars - from The Astrophysics Spectator

    Red Giants
Can you please tell me in plain language what a Red Giant is? - from Imagine, NASA

Red Giants - from HyperPhysics, Georgia State University

    White Dwarfs

White Dwarf Stars - from Imagine, NASA


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Electromagnetic Radiation

Radioactivity in Nature - from Idaho State University

Radioactivity - from HyperPhysics, Georgia State University

ABC's of Nuclear Science - from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Fundamentals of Matter and Force: an interactive tour from The Particle Adventures, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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Influence of the Sun

Solar Physics - from Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA

The Eleven Year Switch - information on the sun's solar cycle; from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Space Weather Glossary, terms and definitions of solar and sunspot activity - from Space.com

Space Weather - current information on Space Weather

Aurora - facts about the aurora from The Australian Space Weather Agency

Solar Terrestrial - inofrmation about space weather from The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Effects - from The Australian Space Weather Agency

The Diverse Effects of Solar Events - covers the diverse effects of solar storms

A Primer on Space Weather - from Space Environment Center

LOOKING SOUTH: Managing Technology, Opportunities and the Global Environment - from Marc Duldig, Atmospheric and Space Physics Australian Antarctic Division, Department of Environment and Heritage (Academy Symposium 2001)


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