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.

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“UFO Galaxy.” NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on

Background

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Star Citizen ingame screenshot

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.

The basics

I do not have the experience to suggest a particular order for these resources, I stumble upon them in a random order.

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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.

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Khan Academy cosmology and astronomy classes

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.

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Cosmos: A space time Odyssey

It is a Cosmos reloaded edition, hosted by the contemporary version of Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson. You can watch it on Netflix.

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

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