New Ideas in Astronomy and Cosmology

University of the Third Age, Emerald, Victoria




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Presentation to Mt. Burnett Observatory – How Particle Physics Sheds Light on Cosmology

or “Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be”


Reference Material

Perspective: a comparison of the sizes of our planet and various stars

Planets 1

Planets 2

Sun & Planets

Sun & Arcturus

Sun & Antares


Committee for a Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics – 2010 to 2020

National Research Council, USA

Decadal Plan for Astronomy of the Australian Academy of Science 2006 to 2015

National Committee for Astronomy of the Australian Academy of Science

Link to Monash Center for Astrophysics


The Powers of Ten video narrated by Phillip Morrison:

This is the home page of the Wilson Microwave Anisotropy Probe WMAP:

This is the home page of the Hubble Space Telescope:

You can download a very good tutorial on Cosmology from the WMAP site:






Session 1

Hubble Deep Space (1,435 KB)

WMAP Video (2,257 KB)

Session 2


Harmonices Mundi(17,797 KB)



Simultaneity (10,788 KB)

Session 4


Inertia Demo (6,427 KB)

Session 5