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     ASTRONOMY PODCASTS  
  Do you listen to podcasts?  Podcasts are audio or video files centered on a particular topic or theme that can be downloaded to your portable MP3 player (such as an iPod) or they can be heard/viewed on your computer.  Podcasts are sometimes professionally made, or sometimes made by beginners, but there are many good ones related to astronomy.  They are an excellent study tool to help you comprehend the course topics and they can help you learn more about astronomy - beyond the classroom.  Listed below are some of the ones that I have found that will be helpful to Astronomy 100 students.  
     
 
  Although it is not required, it is helpful to have iTunes on your computer to download, transfer and listen to these podcasts.      
 
 
 
  PODCASTS RELATED TO TOPICS COVERED IN CLASS Download
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Astronomy Cast - Astronomy 100 level audio podcasts that cover a very wide range of topics in astronomy.  Each podcast is like a mini Astro 100 lecture.
  Astronomy.com Podcast - Podcasts related to current topics in astronomy.  Produced by Astronomy Magazine.  
  Sky & Telescope.com Sky and Stargazing Podcasts - Short (5 - 7 minute) podcasts related to what is visible in the night sky.  Produced by Sky & Telescope Magazine.  
  Space.com Podcast - Exploration from the popular website SPACE.COM  
  Jay Pasachoff Astronomy 101 Podcast - Individual podcasts from Professor Jay Pasachoff's lecture series.  They are sorted by chapters from his astronomy textbook "The Cosmos".  
  The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcast - Audio recordings of non-technical talks by various noted astronomers.
(Some of their talks are available as video - CLICK HERE)
 
     
     
     
   ASTRONOMY SOFTWARE (all programs listed are FREE)
     
  Stellarium - One the best planetarium simulator programs for the PC.  
  Google Sky Map - For your Android cellphone.  Tells you what you are pointing at with your phone.  Awesome!  
  Microsoft Research's - World Wide Telescope - This is one of the best programs I have seen in a long time.  It is much like Google Earth but for the Universe.  
  "Astronomy Apps for Mobile Devices, A First Catalog"
Follow the link (above) to find a listing of some of the best astronomy apps for cellphones and tablets. (from the Astronomy Education Review).
 
     
     
     ASTRONOMY TELEVISION PROGRAMS (ENDORSED BY PROFESSOR LANE)  
  There are a few good television programs that are relevant to the course material.  Programming topics, times, and channels vary so consult your local programming guide (set your DVR!)  
 
 
  "The Universe" - The History Channel
"Known Universe" - The National Geographic Channel
"Naked Science" - The National Geographic Channel
"Through the Wormhole" - The Science Channel
 NOVA - PBS
 
     
     ASTRONOMY VIDEOS  
  This is a collection of astronomy related videos that might help you with the course material or perhaps you will simply find them interesting.  These are streaming videos that require a broadband internet connection.  
 
 
     
  FLY ME TO THE MOONS OF SATURN
TEDTalk Broadcast (www.TED.org)
Play time: 17 min

Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.
   
 
 
  LETS LOOK FOR LIFE IN THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM
TEDTalk Broadcast (www.TED.org)
Play time: 21 min

Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like - and how we might find it.
   
 
 
  THE UNIVERSE ON A STRING
TEDTalk Broadcast (www.TED.org)
Play time: 20 min

Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that miniscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.

[This talk goes beyond the scope of the Astronomy 100 class but for those students that are interested in digging deeper, this is a easy to understand and very visual presentation.]
   
 
 
  ASKING BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UNIVERSE
TEDTalk Broadcast (www.TED.org)
Play time: 11 min

In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe - How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? - and discusses how we might go about answering them.
     

  ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE on
Astronomy magazine promotes the science and hobby of astronomy through high-quality publications that engage, inform, entertain, and inspire. Here you'll find videos about equipment, observing, space science, and more.
 
(click on the image to follow the link to the page)
 
 
 
  Alex Filippenko -"Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe"
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World-renowned astronomer and prize-winning professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, Alex Filippenko, explores some of the mysteries of the universe at a special lecture at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Filippenko discusses observations of very distant exploding starts called super-novae that provide intriguing evidence that the expansion of the universe is now speeding up. Over the largest scales of space, the universe seems to be dominated by a repulsive "dark energy" of unknown origin, stretching the very fabric of space itself faster and faster with time.

     
 
 
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