YouTube Videos For Astro 4 Students

While you're studying the text and lectures, you may want to click on and view some of these videos to help you see important processes relevant in the evolution of stars, galaxies, and the universe. They're here for the curious, the interested, and will help you understand our Universes. As such, they will also, of course, help you perhaps with exams. The History Channel's "Universe" series has many relevant programs. Unfortunately, they're too heavy on glitz and doom/gloom and too light on actual content for me, but you might disagree. PBS's "Nova" series is better in this regard, although they too seem to me to be unfortunately heading in this direction.

Special Relativity
BestOfScience Series on Relativity (10 min)
Relativity and Time
Visualization of Special Relativity
Relativity in 5 minutes ( with some math)

General Relativity (GR): Our Modern Theory of Gravity
*Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe" on GR (7 min)

The Evolution of Stars
*Stellar Evolution in 3 minutes
Stellar Evolution, narrated by William Shatner (Cap'n Kirk!): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (9 minutes each)
History Channel's Universe: Life and Death of a Star
--The Life Cycle of a Sun-Like Star: 12 Billion Years compressed into 6 minutes (with great soundtrack)

Galaxies
*Spiral galaxy formation: numerical simulation (3min)
* Collision between two spirals (Andromeda + Milky Way) (1:38)

Dark Matter and Dark Energy
* Dark Matter and The Evolution of Structure
* Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
* The nature of Dark Energy (10 min)

The Origin of the Universe
* Kim Griest: Particle Physics of the Big Bang and Early Universe (43min)
Stephen Hawking's public lecture: parts 1,2,3,4,5
* "A Universe from Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss 2009 (65min)

Life and the Universe
Astrobiology and the Origins of Life (UCSC "COSMOS" lecture; 1 hr)
Questions No One Knows the Answer To (TED lecture, including the Universe and alien life, mostly)