William Paterson University
Jason Kendall is adjunct instructor of Astronomy at William Paterson University.
Jason is teaching one section of General Astronomy in the Fall of 2019:
Online Introductory Astronomy ClassCRN: 44146, PHYS 1700-81, Online lectures and laboratory activities.
Module 4: Measuring the StarsVideos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
Supplement the videos with readings from "OpenStax Astronomy"
Astronomy Lesson 04_05: Binary Stars 3; The Mass of Proxima b and Stellar Masses
We use the data from the Pale Red Dot's discovery of a planet around another star to show exactly how we link together the observational data of radial velocity observations to give us the mass and radius of a planet orbiting a distant star. We can't see the planet, but we see its effects. Therefore, we can deduce its properties. We use this to emphasize the importance of learning the masses of the stars.
- Binary Stars in General
- Stellar Masses
- The sky around Alpha Centauri and Proxima Centauri (annotated)
- The motion of Proxima Centauri in 2016, revealing the fingerprints of a planet
- SuperWASP Observations of Variable Stars
- Main-Sequence Effective Temperatures from a Revised Mass-Luminosity Relation Based on Accurate Properties
- The location of Proxima Centauri in the southern skies
- Proxima Centauri and its planet compared to the Solar System
- Artist's impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri
- Pale Red Dot: A search for Earth-like planets around Proxima Centauri
- Powerful Flare from Star Proxima Centauri Detected with ALMA; puts habitability of nearby system into question