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Updated February 23, 2012 

Chapter 10 Resources

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Chapter 10 Graphics Package (2.8 MB) - text graphics from chapter 10. Each of the image files has the text page number in the file name, so it should be easy to find and identify the image that you need. (Windows Downloading Tip: Right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As...", once the file is on your hard drive, right-click on it and choose "Extract All...")

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The Keck Observatory - unravelling the mysteries of the universe:

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Hubble Space Telescope - The amazing technology that has allowed us to see deeper into space than ever before:

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The Expanding Universe - like raisins in baking bread, galaxies continuously move away from each other in our expanding universe:

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The Dark Energy: Explaining the Expanding Universe - - this 22 minute audio Quirks and Quarks show tries to explain the mysterious "anti-gravity" force that physicists and astronomers suspect is responsible for the accelerating expansion of the universe.

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Models of the Universe - Human beings have been trying to understand the universe by using models since ancient times:

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Red Shift Analysis - The properties of electromagnetic waves and the Doppler effect:

  • The Doppler Effect - As a wave-emitting source travels nearer or farther from you, the length of wave you experience will change.
  • Doppler Shift - Using a police car simulation to show how frequencies change as waves approach then recede.
  • Red Shift visualization - This is a simple visualization to help see what red shift (and blue shift) means.

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The Big Bang Theory - If everything is expanding, it must have all started as a single point:

  • Georges Lemaître - He was not only a developer of the Big Bang Theory; he was also a Roman Catholic priest with a degree in astrophysics.
  • Cosmic Microwave Background -aka CBR, this energy can help to reveal the structure of the early universe.
  • COBE and the WMAP - By mapping the background radiation, we can now look at visual representations of what the early universe might have looked like.

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Fossil Glow - The Big Bang released large amounts of energy, but how much can we see through the universe:

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Trying to Simulate the Big Bang - Models can help us to understand natural events more clearly, but this is one big event:

  • The Heart of the Matter - The CERN particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland attempts to break apart particles into smaller, fundamental pieces.
  • TRIUMF - The Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics.

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Section 10.1 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.

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Galaxies - There are billions of galaxies in the universe, some more similar to our Milky Way galaxy than others:

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Hubble Deep Field: The Most Important Image Ever Taken - this video expresses the sheer wonder at how many galaxies are in the universe.

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Is Anybody Out There? - Some scientists believe that, with the level of biodiversity on Earth, there is a good chance life might have developed elsewhere in the universe:

  • Astrobiology - The exploration of life in the universe.
  • SETI - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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Section 10.2 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.

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Universe Puzzle - try this puzzle about the universe. (This puzzle also available for download )



Chapter 11 Resources

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Chapter 11 Graphics Package (9.2 MB) - text graphics from chapter 11. Each of the image files has the text page number in the file name, so it should be easy to find and identify the image that you need. (Windows Downloading Tip: Right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As...", once the file is on your hard drive, right-click on it and choose "Extract All...")

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Eagle Nebula - One of the most spectacular astronomical images ever:

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Gas Clouds in Spaces - - this 6 minute audio Quirks and Quarks broadcast addresses questions about gas clouds and nebulae in space. How dense are they? What would they look like up close?

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Super-sized Supernova - - Can you imagine an explosion brighter than 50 billion of our Suns? This 10 minute audio Quirks and Quarks broadcast discusses the biggest supernova ever detected.

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SN 1987A - It was the first opportunity for astronomers to view a supernova "up close":

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Black Holes - gravity so strong light can't even escape!

  • Black Hole - a huge amount of fascinating information.
  • Black Holes - well-written explanation from NASA.

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Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull - the intro movie is something special, but the website is even better! Interact with space as you learn more about gravity in space and black holes.

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Section 11.1 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.

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Star Puzzle - what have you learned about stars and the Sun? (This puzzle also available for download )

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Our Solar System - great sites for you to explore the planets:

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Images of the Sun - several videos from different satellites and observatories - amazing Sun images.

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SOHO: Staring at the Sun - - this 9 minute audio Quirks and Quarks broadcast explains everything about the function of the SOHO satellite and what has been learned about the Sun.

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Sun and the SOHO Satellite - our Sun has some spectacular features:

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Celestia - want to explore the solar system for yourself? Try Celestia, a fantastic free program that allows you to zip through the universe on your computer, viewing everything in glorious 3D. To get you started quickly, it's recommended you take a look at the user's guide. Have fun planet-hopping! When you are done, don't forget to try out these extras:

  • Celestia Motherlode - there you will find tons of add-ons for Celestia that allow you to examine spacecraft, asteroids, comets, nebulae, galaxies, and much more.
  • Educational Activities - 12 detailed stours of space with over 300 destinations - incredible!

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Comets - orbiting the Sun in spectacular fashion:

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MOST Satellite - helping to explore the universe:

  • MOST - A tiny satellite probes the mysteries of the universe.
  • Planet Quest - your best place begin learning about extrasolar planets.
  • Extrasolar Planet - what is an extrasolar planet? How many have been found? Find out here.

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MOST, The Little Telescope that Could - - Dr. Jaymie Matthews, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, is interviewed in this 12 minute audio Quirks and Quarks about the MOST space telescope that is changing our understanding of the universe.

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Solar System Puzzle - what have you learned about the solar system? (Also available for download )

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Planets and Stars To Scale - it can be hard to imagine the huge sizes of celestial objects, this video may help.

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Section 11.2 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.

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Light-year - has an excellent comparison chart to help understand distances in light-years.

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Speed of Light - very good section on the history of the measurement of the speed of light.

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Section 11.3 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.



Chapter 12 Resources

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Chapter 12 Graphics Package (3.8 MB) - text graphics from chapter 12. Each of the image files has the text page number in the file name, so it should be easy to find and identify the image that you need. (Windows Downloading Tip: Right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As...", once the file is on your hard drive, right-click on it and choose "Extract All...")

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Ancient Astronomical Observatories - we've been studying the stars for a long, long time:

  • Cheomseongdae - one of the oldest scientific installations on Earth.
  • Chichen Itza - a world heritage site, "El Caracol" is the obervatory.
  • Stonehenge - another world heritage site, but a very mysterious one!
  • Great Pyramid of Giza - fascinating details about the construction of this massive structure.
  • Medicine Wheel - learn more about these interesting stone structures.

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The Moon and Theories of Its Formation - how did the moon come about?

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Walking on the Moon, Again - - this 19 minute audio Quirks and Quarks broadcast discusses NASA plans to return to the Moon. Is it worth the expense? How will the new Moon missions be different? Will we be colonizing the Moon permanently? (Tip: Download audio files to your hard drive by right-clicking and choosing "Save Target As...")

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Lunar Cycle Challenge - a great way to learn the phases of the moon.

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Visualizing Eclipses - hopefully you can see one in person, but if you can't...

  • Solar Eclipse - control the eclipse yourself - a very good visual model.
  • NASA Eclipse - learn about eclipses and generate eclipse maps.
  • Eclipse Model - click on the "How To" tab for instructions. Don't miss the Introduction and Exercise pages.

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List of Constellations - a great place to begin your journey through the constellations. This page lists all 88 modern constellations, click on them and start discovering!

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Earth, Moon and Sun - Try this puzzle about the interactions in our solar system. (This puzzle also available for download )

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Section 12.1 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.

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Aboriginal People and the Stars - learn more about celestial-related stories of Aboriginal peoples:

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Section 12.2 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.

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Non-optical Telescopes - looking for things you can't see:

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Radarsat 2 - everything you could want to know about Radarsat 2.

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Satellites for Archaeology - detecting past civilizations from the sky:

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Mars Exploration Rover Mission - the little rovers that continue to impress.

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Technology Idea: Rocket Engine Comparison - model rocketry can give us some insight into the decisions NASA must make when they fire rockets into space. Try this probeware lab to learn more about comparing rocket engines.

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International Space Station - a big and bold space project:

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Dextre and the Canadarm 2 - a critical support item for the Internation Space Station:

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Space Elevator - going up!

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The Great Space Debate - there are risks and benefits to space travel:

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Section 12.3 Quiz - need more practice? Try this online quiz.

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