Newbie’s cosmology and astronomy resources
A 3 minutes story written on Feb 2017 by Adrian B.G.
This year I decided to invest time in a new hobby, and as I went along I decided to share the best free online resources I found on these subjects.
“UFO Galaxy.” NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on
Space has always been an interest for me, but in the last 6 months or so more adjacent things have made me to pursue this passion: I started to be a Star Citizen fanatic, I stumbled upon some science youtube documentaries, I started reading Isaac Asimov books and read about the most recent NASA discovery.
I do not have the experience to suggest a particular order for these resources, I stumble upon them in a random order.
Carl Sagan Cosmos TV series— 13 hours of pure gold for a newbie (kid or grownup), explains the basics with examples. The videos are 30 years old, a lot of discoveries were made on the way, but I think most of it is still accurate. It also handles the history of astronomy as a science, even how astrology was dismantled 300 years ago.
Note that these videos are on youtube too, but several episodes are muted because of copyright issues.
These will build a solid ground, introduction to our universe, galaxy, black hole, life and so on. Sometimes I get annoyed because the author keeps repeating facts, but repeating is the mother of learning, some say.
Cosmos: A space time Odyssey
Misc resources on various related topics
- Star Talk Radio— Science explained by scientists and comedians, it has over 8 seasons of science answers on Youtube and SoundCloud.
- Current real plans to colonize Marspresented by Elon Musk
- Witness real current Scientist debates (2011–2016+) on various topics like Nothing and Everything Theory, Is universe a simulation, part of Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate hosted by American Museum of Natural History
- The best explanation of the 4th dimension by Carl Sagan.
- Albert’s Einstein life and discoveries HistoryHD documentary
- Why we should thank physicist and the Universe by Michio Kaku
- Elon’s Musk top 3 future fields and a message to young generations
- Isaac Asimov about religion, scientifical discoveries, global problems
- Real photos from NASA, some are mind blowing beautiful
- 1988 greenhouse effect and global pollution talk by Isaac Asimov
- Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke — God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)
I will update this article as I found more reference materials or the readers will suggest more. I am biased with video lectures because I’m used to watch/listen them in background, as a secondary activity.
Last update: 25 Apr 2017 Earth Time