Friday, 22 January 2010


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Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics  


Lecture 3 - Our Solar System and the Pluto Problem






Class begins with a review of the first problem set. Newton's Third Law is applied in explaining how exoplanets are found. An overview of the Solar System is given; each planet is presented individually and its special features are highlighted. Astronomy is discussed as an observational science, and the subject of how to categorize objects in the Solar System is addressed. The Pluto controversy is given special attention and both sides of the argument regarding its status are considered.

Problem sets/Reading assignment:

The Pluto Controversy (links to various sites related to the demotion of Pluto to the status of "dwarf planet.")

Course Media





Low Bandwidth Video

mov [100MB]

High Bandwidth Video

mov [500MB]


Class Notes - Lecture 3 [PDF]


1. The University of Yale Open Course Ware

2. Professor Bailyn's guide to Extrasolar Planet Websites

Ucapan Terima Kasih:

1. Bapak. Prof. Dr. Ing. H. B. J. Habibie.

2. Departemen Pendidikan Nasional

3. Kementrian Riset dan Teknologi

4. Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional

Disusun Ulang Oleh:

Arip Nurahman

Department of Physics, Indonesia University of Education


Follower Open Course Ware at MIT-Harvard University, Cambridge. USA.

Semoga Bermanfaat dan Terima Kasih

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