Modern Astrophysics

A galaxy, seen from the side.

A Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy NGC-5866, seen edge-on. (Image courtesy of William C. Keel, University of Alabama, as presented on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day Web site.)


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Spring 2006



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This course explores the applications of physics (Newtonian, statistical, and quantum mechanics) to fundamental processes that occur in celestial objects. The list of topics includes Main-sequence Stars, Collapsed Stars (White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes), Pulsars, Supernovae, the Interstellar Medium, Galaxies, and as time permits, Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Cosmology. Observational data is also discussed.

Paul Schechter. 8.284 Modern Astrophysics, Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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