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Podcast Profile: Astronomy 162 - Stars, Galaxies, & the Universe

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43 episodes
2006 to 2009

Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Astronomy 162, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe, is part 2 of a
2-quarter introductory Astronomy for non-science majors taught at The
Ohio State University. This podcast presents lecture audio from
Professor Richard Pogge's Winter Quarter 2006 class. All of the
lectures were recorded live in 1008 Evans Laboratory on the OSU Main
Campus in Columbus, Ohio.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Stars: distances, motions, brightness, masses, spectra, evolution • Stellar remnants: white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes • Galaxies: types, formation, collisions • Universe: expansion, Big Bang, fate • Life in the Universe, SETI

This podcast, "Astronomy 162 - Stars, Galaxies, & the Universe," is a lecture series presented by Professor Richard Pogge from The Ohio State University. Originally recorded in the Winter Quarter of 2006, it is tailored for non-science majors and provides an introductory exploration into various astronomical concepts and phenomena. The series offers a comprehensive journey through the nature, behavior, and lifecycle of stars, the structure and dynamics of galaxies, and the grand scale of the Universe itself.

The content begins with foundational topics such as measuring distances in space, understanding stellar motions, brightness, masses, and spectra. As the lectures progress, they delve into more complex subjects, such as the internal structure of stars, mechanisms of stellar energy generation and transport, and the processes governing star formation and evolution. Subsequent episodes explore the ultimate fates of stars, including phenomena like supernovae and the remnants they leave behind, such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.

A significant portion of the series is dedicated to the structure and properties of the Milky Way and other galaxies, including their formation and interactions. The podcast provides detailed explanations of various galaxy types, the nature of galaxy clusters, and the role of supermassive black holes. Additionally, the content discusses the history and expansion of the Universe, introducing key concepts from relativity and cosmology, such as the Big Bang, cosmic distance scales, and the fate of the Universe.

Towards the end, the series explores modern and theoretical topics like dark matter, dark energy, and the possibility of time travel, concluding with a discussion on the search for extraterrestrial life. Each lecture seeks to provide listeners with a richer understanding of astronomical science, backed by observational evidence and theoretical frameworks.


Episodes:
Welcome to Astronomy 162
2006-Mar-10

Lectures 1-4: An Explanation
2006-Nov-27

Lecture 05: Distances of the Stars
2006-Jan-09

Lecture 06: The Motions of the Stars
2006-Jan-10

Lecture 07: Stellar Brightness
2006-Jan-11

Lecture 08: Stellar Masses & Radii
2006-Jan-12

Lecture 09: Stellar Spectra
2006-Jan-13

Lecture 10: Synthesis: The Herzsprung-Russell Diagram
2006-Jan-17

Lecture 11: The Internal Structure of Stars
2006-Jan-18

Lecture 12: As Long as the Sun Shines
2006-Jan-19

Lecture 13: Energy Generation and Transport in Stars
2006-Jan-23

Lecture 14: Star Formation
2006-Jan-24

Lecture 15: The Main Sequence
2006-Jan-25

Lecture 16: The Evolution of Low-Mass Stars
2006-Jan-26

Lecture 17: The Evolution of High-Mass Stars
2006-Jan-27

Lecture 18: Supernovae
2006-Jan-30

Lecture 19: Extreme Stars: White Dwarfs & Neutron Stars
2006-Jan-31

Lecture 20: Black Holes
2006-Feb-01

Lecture 21: Testing Stellar Evolution
2006-Feb-02

Lecture 22: The Cosmic Distance Problem
2006-Feb-06

Lecture 23: The Milky Way
2006-Feb-07

Lecture 24: The Realm of the Nebulae
2006-Feb-08

Lecture 25: A Tale of Two Galaxies, The Milky Way and Andromeda
2006-Feb-09

Lecture 26: Spiral Galaxies
2006-Feb-10

Lecture 27: Spirals, Ellipticals, & Irregular (Oh My!)
2006-Feb-13

Lecture 28: Groups & Clusters of Galaxies
2006-Feb-14

Lecture 29: When Galaxies Collide
2006-Feb-15

Lecture 30: Active Galaxies & Quasars
2006-Feb-16

Lecture 31: A Tale of Two World Views: Special Relativity
2006-Feb-20

Lecture 32: Space, Time, & Gravity: General Relativity
2006-Feb-21

Lecture 33: Einstein's Universe
2006-Feb-22

Lecture 34: The Expanding Universe
2006-Feb-23

Lecture 35: The Cosmic Distance Scale
2006-Feb-24

Lecture 36: The Big Bang
2006-Feb-27

Lecture 37: The Whispers of Creation
2006-Feb-28

Lecture 38: The First Three Minutes
2006-Mar-01

Lecture 39: The Fate of the Universe
2006-Mar-02

Lecture 40: The Once and Future Sun
2006-Mar-06

Lecture 41: Dark Matter & Dark Energy
2006-Mar-07

Lecture 42: Time Travel
2006-Mar-08

Lecture 43: Life in the Universe, Part I
2006-Mar-09

Lecture 44: Life, the Universe, and Everything (Life Part II)
2006-Mar-10

Astronomy 141 Podcast Teaser
2009-Dec-06