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2020-11-30

astr-1101

  • Chapter 12: Rings, Moons, and Pluto
    • 12.1 Ring and Moon Systems Introduced
    • 12.2 The Galilean Moons of Jupiter
      • Learning Objectives
        • Describe the major features we can observe about Callisto and what we can deduce from them
        • Explain the evidence for tectonic and volcanic activity on Ganymede
        • Explain what may be responsible for the unusual features on the icy surface of Europa
        • Describe the major distinguishing characteristics of Io
        • Explain how tidal forces generate the geological activity we see on Europa and Io
    • 12.3 Titan and Triton
      • Learning Objectives
        • Explain how the thick atmosphere of Titan makes bodies of liquid on its surface possible
        • Describe what we learned from landing on Titan with the Huygens probe
        • Discuss the features we observed on the surface of Triton when Voyager 2 flew by
    • 12.4 Pluto and Charon
      • Learning objectives
        • Compare the orbital characteristics of Pluto with those of the planets
        • Describe information about Pluto's surface deduced from New Horizon images
        • Note some distinguishing characteristics of Pluto's large moon Charon
    • 12.5 Planetary Rings
      • Learning Objectives
        • Describe the two theories of planetary ring formation
        • Compare the major rings of Saturn and explain the role of the moon Enceladus in the formation of the E ring
        • Explain how the rings of Uranus and Neptune differ in composition and appearance from the rings of Saturn
        • Describe how ring structure is affected by the presence of moons
  • Chapter 13: Comets and Asteroids
    • 13.1 Asteroids
      • Learning Objectives
        • Outline the story of the discovery of asteroids and describe their typical orbits
        • Describe the composition and classification of the various types of asteroids
        • Discuss what was learned from space missions to several asteroids
    • 13.2 Asteroids and Planetary Defense
      • Learning Objectives
        • Recognize the threat that near-Earth objects represent for Earth
        • Discuss possible defensive strategies to protect our planet
    • 13.3 The "Long-Haired" Comets
    • 13.4 The Origin and Fate of Comets and Related Objects
      • Learning Objectives
        • Describe the traits of centaur objects
        • Chronicle the discovery and describe the composition of the Oort cloud
        • Describe trans-Neptunian and Kuiper belt objects
        • Explain the proposed fate of comets that enter the inner solar system