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Understanding the Universe: What’s New in Astronomy 2003 VHS

Professor Alex Filippenko is back to teach this new course, Understanding the Universe: What’s New in Astronomy, 2003. Find out about the latest developments in the exciting world of astronomy as Professor Filippenko returns to guide you through the remarkable discoveries astronomers and physicists have made during the last five years.

Like his first course, Understanding the Universe: What’s New in Astronomy, 2003 is exceptionally visual. You don’t simply hear about supernovae, quasars, gamma-ray bursts, or the stunning deep field photographs transmitted to us by the Hubble Space Telescope, you actually see them, as Professor Filippenko uses more than 700 images (600 new to this course — including pictures, diagrams, graphs, and even animations).

Professor Filippenko is an award-winning researcher, noted scholar, and teacher whose students have voted him “Best Professor on Campus” three times. Designed to accompany Professor Filippenko’s original course, Understanding the Universe, An Introduction to Astronomy, filmed in 1998), this course also stands well on its own. 2 Part set of 3 VHS tapes each plus Guidebook.

Part I
Lecture 1:
From Dawn to Dusk
Lecture 2: Exploring the Night Sky
Lecture 3: Recent Discoveries in Our Solar System
Lecture 4: Other Worlds Galore!
Lecture 5: The Formation and Evolution of Stars
Lecture 6: Supernovae — Catastrophic Stellar Explosions
Lecture 7: Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes
Lecture 8: Observational Evidence for Black Holes

Part II
Lecture 9:
Einstein’s Relativity
Lecture 10: Cosmology and Cosmic Expansion
Lecture 11: The Birth and Evolution of Galaxies
Lecture 12: The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe
Lecture 13: The Stuff of the Cosmos
Lecture 14: Dark Energy — May the Force Be With You
Lecture 15: Theories of Everything, and Hidden Dimensions
Lecture 16: Our Universe, One of Many?

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Understanding the Universe: What’s New in Astronomy 2003 Lecture Transcript

By Alex Filippenko

Review the text while enjoying the lectures with the transcripts to Understanding the Universe: What’s New in Astronomy 2003. These new Transcript Books are handy, soft-bound books that include everything already in the guidebooks that come with each lecture series, plus a lightly edited, professional transcript of the complete lectures themselves. Make notes on what you find most interesting as you listen or use the books on their own. 2 books, 213 pgs each.

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Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy

Forty 45-minute lectures packaged in five bookshelf cases -– a complete college course on videotape. Professor of the University of California, Berkeley and current ASP President, Alex Filippenko takes us on a journey through the heavens. Increase your knowledge in astronomy with this exceptional series or forty captivating lectures that will instruct, enlighten, and even amuse you. Without the need for extensive scientific background, you’ll gain a solid grasp of the basic laws that govern the cosmos. More than 600 spectacular images, including many from the Hubble Space Telescope, have been carefully integrated to ensure the best learning experience possible. Beginners in astronomy will learn more about the cosmos, astronomy buffs will gain a deeper knowledge in the latest cosmological theories, and the educator will become an expert in the classroom. 1999, VHS, 40 45-minute lectures in five bookshelf cases. High school and up.

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Tours of the Night Sky

This best-selling ASP collection of 4 seasonal audio nightsky tours and 40-page booklet with star charts makes stargazing easy. Whether hiking, camping, or simply going out into your backyard, you can play these audio tours (either CD or cassette) on your portable player and embark on a magical tour of the heavens. Using the brightest stars as markers, you will soon effortlessly locate major constellations and discover their mythical origins. It’s like having an astronomer by your side! Set includes 2 compact discs, 4 audio cassettes, 40-page booklet.

For use in North America. For all ages.

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The Hubble Deep Fields Poster

Gaze down a 12 billion light-year corridor, with our oversized print that reveals thousands of never-before-seen galaxies. Printed on high-quality paper, this print includes both the North and South Deep Fields plus images of sky to put them in context. 28″ x 39″

Please note: posters must ship separately via USPS in a cardboard tube. If your order contains items in addition to a poster, an additional $7.95 shipping charge for the poster will be added to your order. If you are only ordering posters, the poster shipping charge will be a flat $7.95. The shipping charge in your cart may show a higher shipping charge but your credit card will only be charged $7.95 in shipping.

 

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More Universe at Your Fingertips

Edited by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz.

The best-selling astronomy education resource available just got better! The thousands of educators and astronomers who own the original Universe at Your Fingertips have asked us for more! Here are 25 new classroom-tested activities, a host of resource listings and teaching suggestions, plus a guide to reliable astronomy information and activities on the web. Activities include Measuring the Hubble Deep Field, Organizing the Galaxies, Sorting Saturn’s Moons, Making a Mapping a Volcano, and many more! An indispensible supplement to the first notebook and a stand-alone guide to the most up-to-date astronomy education resources.Click here to view the Table of Contents for More Universe at Your Fingertips. This product is also available in Spanish. 180 sheets, 3-hole punched. For all grades.

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ASP Red Light Observer’s Pen

Built-in red light lets you log your astronomical observations without compromising your night-vision. Also helps with reading guidebooks and planispheres in the dark. 2, 1.5 volt batteries included. Plastic, 5″ L.

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Andromeda Galaxy Poster

This wonderful image of the Andromeda Galaxy from David Malin is digitally re-mastered to show much more detail and a greater extent to the galaxy. 24″ x 36″

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*SALE!* Cosmos in the Classroom 2007: Papers and Handouts from a Hands-on Symposium on Teaching Introductory Astronomy

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In August 2007, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and Pomona College hosted “Cosmos in the Classroom 2007,” a 3-day conference on the most effective ways of teaching the introductory astronomy course for non-science majors. Edited by Andrew Fraknoi. 3-hole punched, loose-leaf, 8.5 x 11 inch, 265 pages, shrink-wrapped.

This 265-page, loose-leaf format volume includes 73 contributions by over a hundred experienced instructors, divided into the following categories:

1. Astronomy Education Research
2. Teaching Techniques
3. Laboratory Exercises, Demonstrations, and Observing Activities
4. On-line Teaching and Telescopes
5. Interdisciplinary Approaches
6. Debunking Pseudo-science
7. Resources for Teaching and Learning
8. Other Educational Topics.

Designed for university, college, and high-school faculty who teach a first astronomy course, the volume is full of practical advice, reviews of instructional tools, curriculum guides, and class activities you can put to direct use. Both instructors just starting out in their teaching and veteran instructors seeking to update or revitalize their course will find things of interest in among the many different papers and guides to additional resources in this handy notebook.

A special feature is the inclusion of meeting discussion summaries on such topics as:

  • Should you have a separate lab course
  • What do we need from textbooks
  • What topics to drop from a one-semester course
  • Special challenges of being a part-time instructor
  • Running an on-campus planetarium

View the full Table of Contents (pdf)

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