The Department of Physics of The University of Hong Kong offers the general education course of introductory astronomy, with course title "Nature of the Universe". These are the lecture notes of those courses. The Chinese version was translated by The Hong Kong Space Museum. (Sorry, not available.) No prior knowledge in astronomy, physics or higher mathematics is required to understand these notes.

In the first part of the notes, we focus on the observational aspect of astronomy and our solar system. In the second part, we will discuss our own Sun, stars and their evolution, galaxies and cosmology.


Lecture Notes

Appendices


Acknowledgments

We thank Dr. Shiu-Sing Tong and Prof. Ming-Chung Chu of Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong for their great help in preparing the early version of the lecture notes. Artificial Intelligence and Computer Application Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China has helped us to develop the framed version of the web pages. We get most of the photos from National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA, JPL, Carnegie Institution of Washington, The Anglo-Australian Observatory and Space Environment Center. We also thank many colleagues and students for their very constructive comments and suggestions. This work is partially supported by Teaching Development Grants of University Grants Committee.

K.S. Cheng, H.F. Chau, K.M. Lee.


Copyright

Material in this project is not for sale and can be freely distributed, provided without modification. The text and the illustrations, with proper credits, may be used for non-profit educational or informational purposes. They may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by the Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong or the Hong Kong Space Museum, Leisure and Cultural Services Department. These materials cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Copyright of the photos is owned by the corresponding institutions or photographers.
Copyright of the chinese text is owned by Hong Kong Space Museum, Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Copyright, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2012 Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong.


Credit

Authors Kwong-Sang Cheng, Hoi-Fung Chau and Kai-Ming Lee
Translation by Hong Kong Space Museum Ki-Hung Chan
Art Design Tak-Kuen Chu
Photo Organizer Anisia Tang
Web Page Technician Wing-Chung Kwok

Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong
in association with
Hong Kong Space Museum, Leisure and Cultural Services Department