Professor John Bally
Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder

Spring 2016 Teaching:
ASTR 2020: "Space Astronomy"
ASTR 2020 introduces students to the use of space for astronomical research. The Earth's atmosphere is opaque to most wavelengths. At most wavelengths where the air is transparent, turbulence limits angular resolution. Access to space allows the study of the Universe at all wavelengths with a resolution limited only by the aperture of space telescopes. Topics include: properties of electromagnetic waves, gravity and orbits, principles of propulsion and navigation in space, overview of space astronomy missions and robotic missions to Solar System bodies, overview of the emerging view of our Universe, and a summary of our curent understanding of stars, planets, galaxies, life, the nature of matter, dark matter, and dark energy.

Class: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 3:00 - 3:50 PM in Duane G-125

Office hours: See Syllabus.

Syllabus - Course Materials (lectures, homework, solutions)

Research and Outreach:
The insterstellar medium, star formation, feedback and the self-regulation of star formation. Formation of clusters and massive stars. Protostellar outflows and jets. Molecular Clouds. Astrobiology. Black-holes and cosmology. Observations from visual to radio wavelengths. Instrumentation. Major recent projects include the Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey and the Herschel Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL).

Recent PhD receipients: Adam Ginsburg , Cara Battersby
Current senior graduate student: Allision Youngblood

I give popular talks on astronomy and cosmology to the general public and amateur astronomy groups. Bo Reipurth and I have written a popular book, The Birth of Stars and Planets


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