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 9: The Milky WaySupplements and Credits
Supplement the videos with "OpenStax Astronomy"
01: The Cosmic Address
Now we start the process of learning our place in space, by hearing about our Cosmic Address.
- Cosmic distance ladder
- The Cosmic Distance Scale
- The Atlas of the Universe
- The Universe
- Copernican principle
- Location of Earth
02: The Cosmic Distance Debate
The stars move in many ways. They are not fixed in the sky, but changes slowly over the centuries.
- The Milky Way
- Sidereus Nuncius
- Thomas Wright
- William Herschel
- Caroline Herschel
- Kant's "Universal Natural History and Theory of Heaven"
- William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse
- Alexander von Humboldt
- Pierre-Simon Laplace
- Jacobus Kapteyn
- RR Lyrae stars
- The globular cluster M4 in the eyes of Kepler/K2
- Kepler Space Telescope
- “The RR Lyrae Distance to the Draco Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy”
- RR Lyrae (AAVSO)
- Harlow Shapley
- Interstellar Reddening
- Annie Jump Cannon
- Henrietta Swan Leavitt
- Cepheid variable
- Instability strip
- Great Debate
- Heber Curtis
- Edwin Hubble
- Hubble viewing Hubble's Cehpeids
- "The Realm of the Nebulae"
03: The Milky Way's Many Faces
04: The Milky Way's Pop I and II Stars
05: Milky Way Formation, Evolution and Fate
06: The Milky Way's Spiral Arms
07: Dark Matter in the Milky Way and Beyond
08: The Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way
The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, SGR A*, belies its presence through its influence on stars and gas clouds in its local environment. It's the nearest such black hole, and there is ample reason for us thinking it actually is such an object.