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Astronomy and Cosmology Resources

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OVERVIEW: Interactive investigation of the day and night sky will provide rich scientific experiences that deepen understanding of the solar system. Investigations into the formation of the planets, the evolution of life, and limits of life within our solar system provide a rich context for discussion. Interactive lectures and hands-on activities will immerse leaders in dialogues about the history and evolution of our universe. The monastics are masterful at debating abstract philosophical concepts, and this vibrant perspective is inspiring and enriching to astronomer who are also searching for new ways of thinking about the frontiers of time and space.

Teaching Slides (Power Point)


Astronomy - Linda Shore (2013)

  1. 1. Ancient Cosmology
  2. 2. Moon
  3. 3. Planets
  4. 4. Stars
  5. 5. Galaxies

Cosmology - Chris Impey (2013)

  1. 1. Science Method
  2. 2. World Models
  3. 3. Planetary Scales
  4. 4. Galactic Scales
  5. 5. Cosmic Scales
  6. 6. Hubble Expansion
  7. 7. Cosmic Structure
  8. 8. Scales of Time
  9. 9. Cosmology Overview


Hands-on Activities

  1. 1. Solar System in Your Pocket (3 pages)
  2. 2. Walking Tour of the Solar System (4 pages)
  3. 3. Orbits of the Planets (3 pages)
  4. 4. Handy Measuring Tool (2 pages)
  5. 5. Earth and Moon (to Scale) (4 pages)
  6. 6. Hole-Punch Eart (Sun to Scale) (4 pages)
  7. 7. Phases of the Moon (5 pages)
  8. 8. The Astronomy Game (4 pages)
  9. 9. The Zodiac Constellations
  10. 10. Expanding Balloon Universe (5 pages)
  11. 11. Cosmological Timeline (5 pages)


Videos

  1. (All videos are in English unless otherwise stated)

Short Video Clips (Used in Classroom)

  1. 1. Cosmic Cookery (3D) - WMV (54.9 MB)
  2. 2. Cosmic Origins (3D) - WMV (152.5 MB), MP4 (64.6 MB)
  3. 3. Cosmic Voyage Galform - WMV (32.8 MB)
  4. 4. Cosmic Voyage Zoom In - WMV (26.3 MB)
  5. 5. Fractals - WMV (21.8 MB)
  6. 6. HUDF Pan Zoom - WMV (1.9 MB)
  7. 7. Insignificance Song (From Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life") - WMV (63.1 MB)
  8. 8. Kazoo Hubble - WMV (6.3 MB)
  9. 9. The Known Universe - WMV (60.5 MB)
  10. 10. Milky Way Virgo Eno - WMV (20.7 MB)
  11. 11. Our Real Size in the Universe - AVI (3.5 MB)
  12. 12. Revelations - WMV (13.4 MB)
  13. 13. S02Full2 - WMV (23.2 MB)
  14. 14. SDSS Universe Fly Through (3D) - WMV (56.2 MB)
  15. 15. The Solar System: A Brief Glance - MOV (106.1 MB)
  16. 16. Star Size Comparison (HD) - MOV (34 MB)
  17. 17. Stephen Hawking: Formation of the Solar System - MOV (15.2 MB)
  18. 18. Surface of the Sun as You've Never Seen it - MOV (18.2 MB)
  19. 19. Virgo Millenium Simulation - WMV (31.7 MB)

Related Videos from Cosmology and Consciousness

  1. 1. "Life and Consciousness in the Universe," by Geshe Jangchup Choedhen - YouTube
  2. 2. "Are We Alone? The Search for Life in the Universe," by Chris Impey - YouTube

Related Videos from Monastic Science Leaders (in Tibetan)

  1. 1. Expanding Universe - YouTube
  2. 2. Pocket Solar System - YouTube
  3. 3. Size of Planet Comparison - YouTube
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