Monday, 18 January 2010



Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics  



Lecture 1 - Introduction







Professor Bailyn introduces the course and discusses the course material and requirements. The three major topics that the course will cover are:

(1) exoplanets--planets around stars other than the Sun,
(2) black holes--stars whose gravitational pull is so strong that even their own light rays cannot escape, and
(3) cosmology--the study of the Universe as a whole. Class proper begins with a discussion on planetary orbits.

A brief history of astronomy is also given and its major contributors over the centuries are introduced: Ptolemy, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton.

Problem sets/Reading assignment:

None assigned

Course Media





Low Bandwidth Video

mov [100MB]

High Bandwidth Video

mov [500MB]


Class Notes - Lecture 1 [PDF]

"Mempelajari alam raya sejatinya adalah upaya kita manusia untuk mengenal Siapa Pencipta Alam ini"



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