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Astronomy 161 - Autumn Quarter 2009
An Introduction to Solar System Astronomy

Prof. Scott Gaudi - MTWRF 9:30-10:18am - 0100 Mendenhall Laboratory

Unit 6: The Solar System [November 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, December 1, 2]

Lecture 31: Overview of the Solar System [Nov 6]
Lecture 32: Origin of the Solar System [Nov 9]
Lecture 33: Mercury [Nov 10]
Veteran's Day, No Class [Nov 11]
Lecture 34: Venus [Nov 12]
Lecture 35: Mars [Nov 13]
Lecture 36: Terrestrial Planets in Comparison [Nov 16]
Lecture 37: Jupiter and Saturn [Nov 17]
Lecture 38: Uranus and Neptune [Nov 18]
Lecture 39: Moons of Jupiter [Nov 19]
Lecture 40: Moons of Saturn [Nov 20]
Lecture 41: Planetary Rings [Nov 23]
Lecture 42: Asteroids, Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites [Nov 24]
Lecture 43: Icy Worlds of the Outer Solar System [Nov 25]
Lecture 44: Comets and the Oort Cloud [Dec 1]
Lecture 45: Is Pluto a Planet? [Dec 2]
Related Readings in 21st Century Astronomy
Chapters 6-12

The links to the lectures provide outlines of the material covered in each class. In some cases they have additional text and links covering supplemental material or graphics. I will attempt to make the online lecture notes are made available starting the week in which the lectures occur, but some notes may not be accessible until later in the week for various reasons.

Please feel free to print out copies of these lecture outlines in advance of class, so you can follow along with the lecture. Many students find this helps them listen without the pressure of taking down detailed notes of their own, but while still making additional notes in the margins to highlight particularly emphasized points.

See A Note about Graphics to learn why some of the graphics shown in the lectures are not reproduced with these notes.

Students looking to explore these topics further using the Internet might want to look at Prof. Richard Pogge's Selected Astronomical Internet Links for this unit.

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