PBS: Crash Course Astronomy Videos

PBS: Crash Course Astronomy Videos  
“Crash Course Astronomy is a 46-episode PBS series that educates the public about all things astronomy. Each episode is approximately ten minutes in length and covers topics ranging from Moon Phases to Black Holes to Gamma Ray Bursts. Written and hosted by astronomer and blogger Phil Plait, Crash Course Astronomy features clear, accessible explanations of astronomical phenomena accompanied by engaging (and helpful) images, videos, and animations. Episodes can be enjoyed individually – although many reference previous episodes, which may inspire viewers to explore the series chronologically. Crash Course Astronomy is a great resource to include in any science classroom, and may broadly appeal to anyone looking to make sense of astronomy-related news stories, whether they cover exoplanets or eclipses. [MMB] ” The Scout Report Dec. 9, 2016.astronomy-videos

Symbols in physics & astronomy — videos


Source:  GEN:  Best of the Web Jan 15, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 2) Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News   Mouse over symbol to see 5 or 10 min. video explanations.

Created by the University of Nottingham.


Eric Weisstein’s World of Science

World of Science was given a 4-star review in the May 15, 2012, issue of “Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News“.  Eric Weisstein is a web encyclopedia author.  This portal is available via Wolfram Alpha, within which there are 5 portals for Math, Physics,  Chemistry, Astronomy and Biography.  “Beautifully designed”, “easy to navigate” and a “wealth of information”

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey

Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey [pdf]




“Every ten years, the National Research Council (NRC) of The National Academy of Sciences produces a series of surveys related to their areas of scientific inquiry. The public release of the Astro2010 survey of astronomy and astrophysics took place on August 13, 2010, and visitors to this site can read the report and also watch the webcast from the release event. The goal of this publication is to “recommend priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the decade 2010-2020.” Drawing on the expertise of scholars at Stanford University, Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and other institutions, the report is a crucial piece of work on what should be done across the board in these two branches of the physical sciences.”


From the Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, Aug.27, 2010

Astronomy and Astrophysics — the 10-year plan


August 12, 2010 — A new report by the National Research Council identifies the highest-priority research activities for astronomy and astrophysics in the next decade that will “set the nation firmly on the path to answering profound questions about the cosmos.” The decadal survey — the Research Council’s sixth — prioritizes activities based on their ability to advance science in key areas, and for the first time also takes into account factors such as risks in technical readiness, schedule, and cost.

Source:  WhatsNew@nationalacademies.org Aug 16, 2010