Basics of Astronomy

Medium:
English

Description:
This course teaches the fundamentals of astronomy. In a nut shell, it will introduce you to various concepts applied in this study.

Syllabus:
1. Introduction to Astronomy
2. Powers of 10
3. Observational Astronomy
4. The Inferior Planets
5. Minor Bodies: Asteroids, Comets and Dwarf planets
6A. The Astronomy Day
6B. Observing Moon
7. The Mars
8. The Gas Giants
9. The Sun
10. What are stars?
11. Evolution of Stars
12. Stellar Evolution
13. Milkyway Galaxy
14. Galaxies
15. History of the Universe

About the Speakers:
Mahesh Shetti did his B.Sc. (Physics) & M.Sc. (Physics) from D. G. Ruparel College. He is the Assistant Professor for Physics at the Wilson College from June 2000. He’s been teaching Physics since 1997. He is a faculty with the Centre for Extra Mural Studies for Certificate course in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He worked as the team leader for Indian team at international astronomy Olympiad in 2003 (at Stockholm), 2005 (at Beijing) and 2007 (at Kiev, Ukraine). He’s a Secretary of Mumbai sub-regional council of Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT).They organise workshops, outreach activities in physics for students and teachers. He also conducts star gazing sessions for college and school students in urban and rural areas for 15 years.

Hrishikesh Joglekar is a computer science post-graduate from IIT Kharagpur and works as a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young. He has been actively involved in astronomy popularization activities through the Khagol Mandal since 1998. As an amateur astronomer, he participated in messier marathon (an annual competition of spotting maximum Messier Objects in one single night) for 10 consecutive years, spotting 100+ objects out of 110 M-Objects at 3 occasions.
He collaborated with scientists from TIFR and helped to model several events in the context of archaeo-astronomy in India. He is also attributed to discovery of oldest supernova record. He has also published research papers on mathematical models around the Indus Script. In the past, he trained students of Astronomy Olympiad through HBCSE and has served as one of the examiners for the International Astronomy Olympiad. He has conducted lectures on “Advanced course on Calculations in Astronomy” for the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Mumbai.

1
Introduction to sky: constellations, zodiacal signs, stars, star clust
1:23
2
Powers of 10
1:27
3
Observational Astronomy
1:44
4
The Inferior Planets
1:30
5
Minor Bodies in Solar Systems
1:37
6
Astronomy Day
13:23
7
Observing Moon
2:06
8
The Mars
1:57
9
Gas Giants
1:28
10
The Sun
1:35
11
What are stars?
1:29
12
Evolution of Stars
1:23
13
Stellar Evolution II
1:45
14
The Milkyway Galaxy
1:27
15
Galaxies
1:43
16
History of the Universe
1:52

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