Frontiers/Controversies in Astrophysics (ASTR 160) Class begins with a review of the first problem set. Newton's Third Law is applied in explaining how exoplanets are found. An overview of the Solar System is given; each planet is presented individually and its special features are highlighted. Astronomy is discussed as an observational science, and the subject of how to categorize objects in the Solar System is addressed. The Pluto controversy is given special attention and both sides of the argument regarding its status are considered. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Review of the Problem Set 06:22 - Chapter 2. Conservation of Momentum in Exoplanets 14:02 - Chapter 3. Inner and Outer Solar System Objects 29:47 - Chapter 4. Kuiper Belt Objects and Oort Cloud 35:13 - Chapter 5. Classification and Interpretation of Celestial Objects Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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