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Podcast Profile: Astronomy 161 - Introduction to Solar System Astronomy

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47 episodes
2006 to 2009

Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Astronomy 161, Introduction to the Solar System, is the first quarter of
a 2-quarter introductory Astronomy for non-science majors taught at The
Ohio State University. This podcast presents audio recordings of
Professor Richard Pogge's lectures from his Autumn Quarter 2006 class.
All of the lectures were recorded live in 100 Stillman Hall on the OSU
Main Campus in Columbus, Ohio.


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

➤ History of astronomy • Solar system mechanics • Planetary science • Famous astronomers • Telescopic discoveries • Gravity and motion laws • Light and matter interaction • Earth's geology and atmosphere • Exoplanets.

This podcast, titled "Astronomy 161 - Introduction to Solar System Astronomy," offers a robust exploration of solar system astronomy, particularly aimed at non-science majors. Hosted by Professor Richard Pogge, it comprises audio recordings of his lectures from an Autumn Quarter 2006 class at The Ohio State University. The content spans a wide range of fundamental and advanced topics in astronomy.

The podcast begins with foundational concepts such as the metric system, astronomical units like the Astronomical Unit and the Light Year, and the distinction between mass and weight. It progresses to more nuanced topics such as the history and cultural significance of constellations, the shape and size of the Earth, and methods for mapping the Earth and sky using angular units and celestial coordinates.

Listeners are introduced to daily and annual celestial motions, the reasons behind seasonal changes, and the phases and eclipses of the moon. Further episodes delve into the time-keeping practices originating from astronomical observations, including the history and structure of calendars. The podcast also covers the revolution in thought from geocentric to heliocentric models, driven by influential astronomers like Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo, leading up to Newton's laws of motion and universal gravitation.

Additionally, the podcast explores essential physical sciences principles such as the properties of light, atomic structure, and spectroscopy, which are crucial for understanding astronomical observations. It also reviews the tools of astronomy, particularly telescopes and their various types.

Advanced topics include detailed studies of the planets and their moons, the structure and dynamics of Earth's interior and atmosphere, and comparisons between terrestrial and Jovian planets. The series also examines lesser-known aspects of the solar system, such as asteroids, meteoroids, comets, and the icy worlds of the outer solar system, culminating in discussions about the classification of celestial bodies and the exciting field of exoplanet discovery.

Overall, the podcast provides a comprehensive introduction to solar system astronomy enriched with historical context, making it an informative resource for those new to the field.


Episodes:
Welcome to Astronomy 161
2006-Sep-18

Lecture 2: Astronomical Numbers
2006-Sep-21

Lecture 3: The Starry Night
2006-Sep-22

Lecture 4: Measuring the Earth
2006-Sep-25

Lecture 5: Mapping Earth and Sky
2006-Sep-26

Lecture 6: Daily and Annual Motions
2006-Sep-27

Lecture 7: The Four Seasons
2006-Sep-28

Lecture 8: Phases of the Moon
2006-Sep-29

Lecture 9: Eclipses of the Sun and Moon
2006-Oct-02

Lecture 10: Telling Time
2006-Oct-03

Lecture 11: The Calendar
2006-Oct-04

Lecture 12: The Wanderers - Planetary Motions
2006-Oct-05

Lecture 13: Greek Astronomy
2006-Oct-09

Lecture 14: The Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus
2006-Oct-10

Lecture 15: The Watershed: Tycho and Kepler
2006-Oct-11

Lecture 16: Galileo and the Telescope
2006-Oct-12

Lecture 17: On the Shoulders of Giants: Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion
2006-Oct-13

Lecture 18: The Apple and the Moon - Newtonian Gravity
2006-Oct-16

Lecture 19: Orbits
2006-Oct-17

Lecture 20: Tides
2006-Oct-18

Lecture 21: The Rotation and Revolution of the Earth
2006-Oct-19

Lecture 22: Light the Messenger
2006-Oct-23

Lecture 23: Worlds Within: Atoms
2006-Oct-24

Lecture 24: Matter and Light
2006-Oct-25

Lecture 25: Measuring Light - Spectroscopy
2006-Oct-26

Lecture 26: Telescopes
2006-Oct-27

Lecture 27: Deep Time - The Age of the Earth
2006-Oct-30

Lecture 28: Inside the Earth
2006-Oct-31

Lecture 29: The Earth's Atmosphere
2006-Nov-01

Lecture 30: The Moon
2006-Nov-02

Lecture 31: The Family of the Sun
2006-Nov-06

Lecture 32: The Origin of the Solar System
2006-Nov-07

Lecture 33: Battered Mercury
2006-Nov-08

Lecture 34: Venus Unveiled
2006-Nov-09

Lecture 35: The Deserts of Mars
2006-Nov-13

Lecture 36: Worlds in Comparison - The Terrestrial Planets
2006-Nov-14

Lecture 37: Jupiter and Saturn
2006-Nov-15

Lecture 38: Uranus and Neptune
2006-Nov-16

Lecture 39: The Moons of Jupiter
2006-Nov-20

Lecture 40: The Saturn System
2006-Nov-21

Lecture 41: Planetary Rings
2006-Nov-22

Lecture 42: Asteroids and Meteoroids
2006-Nov-27

Lecture 43: Icy Worlds of the Outer Solar System
2006-Nov-28

Lecture 44: Comets
2006-Nov-29

Lecture 45: Is Pluto a Planet?
2006-Nov-30

Lecture 46: ExoPlanets - Planets around Other Stars
2006-Dec-01

Astronomy 141 Podcast Teaser
2009-Dec-06