Animations for Understanding Astrophysics

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an interactive figure is worth even more. Students in my AST10G class (introductory astronomy for general education) find certain concepts difficult—not because they are inherently difficult, but because no one has produced a really good visualization. I have worked with a series of UC Davis undergraduates to produce these interactive tools for understanding.

Spiral Galaxy Rotation Curve Builder
by Bethany Baldwin-Pulcini and Steven Hyatt
Active Galactic Nucleus Explorer
by Alejandro Angulo, Sharon Morgan, and Jennifer Chen
The Universe Is Expanding Everywhere, Not Just Around Us
by Rudy Huezo (Flash), Isabelle Ye (Javascript)


The Power of Compact Objects
by Evan Angelico and Stella Sun
Elements Produced by Stars
by Brandon Stewart, Margareta Borcic, Peter Lai, and Omar Peralta
How We Know Objects Are Compact: The Variability Argument
by Alejandro Angulo, Taylor Goolsby, and Rudy Huezo
Special Relativity Graph Paper
by David Wittman
Ages of Stars and the HR Diagram
by Melissa Loomis
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