Astronomy 102 Study Guide

roughly according to tests 1-3, and, of course, it's cumulative

  • Historical/Astrophysical terms
    • Geocentric
    • Heliocentric
    • geocentric / heliocentric
  • Important People
    • Newton
    • Aristotle
    • Ptolemy
    • Copernicus
    • Herschel
    • Galileo
    • Kepler
    • Brahe
  • Distances
    • AU
    • Light year
    • Parsec
  • The Celestial Sphere
    • zenith
    • celestial equator
    • vernal/autumnal equinox
    • ecliptic / eclipses
    • moon phases
  • Physics
    • spectra
    • reddening / extinction
    • blackbody radiation
    • parallax
    • telescope resolution
    • magnitude scale
    • gravity
    • inverse square laws
  • Physics
    • atmospheric effects
    • atoms
    • periodic table
  • Stages in a star's (the Sun's) existence
    • GMC
    • Bok Globule
    • Protostar
      • conservation of angular momentum
      • thermodynamic pressure
    • Main Sequence
      • hydrostatic equilibrium
      • sunspots
      • prominances / flares
      • solar wind
      • p-p cycle (what it means, not the conditions, timespans or energies)
    • Red Giant
    • Helium Flash
    • AGB
    • HB
    • Planetary nebula
    • White dwarf
    • Black dwarf
  • Star Formation
    • conditions
      • including possible triggers
    • location
  • Stellar Spectral Classes
    • O, B, A, F, G, K, M
    • HR Diagram
    • Approx. temperatures
    • Mass / temperature / lifetime
  • Spectacular endings of massive stars
    • Supernovae
      • Type Ia, II
    • Black Holes
    • spacetime curvature
  • Physics
    • energy levels
  • Star Clusters
    • types
  • Important People
    • Einstein
    • The Great Debate
      • Shapley
      • Curtis
    • Hubble
    • Friedman
    • Huggins
    • Cannon
    • Leavitt
      • Cepheid variables
  • The Milky Way
    • size
    • halo
    • dark matter
    • approx. number of stars
    • population I and II stars
    • distribution of clusters
    • SMBH
  • Galaxies in general
    • Star motion in a galaxy
    • Types
      • Why different shapes
      • Hubble Tuning Fork
    • Rotation/velocity curves
    • Dark matter
    • Groups/Clusters
  • Cosmology
    • Big Bang/Steady State
    • red shift
    • Cosmic Microwave Background
    • Inflation
    • Expansion
    • Open/Flat/Closed
    • Lambda
    • Dark Energy