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This is a graph of the global mean atmospheric water vapor superimposed on an outline of the Earth. Credit: NASA.

Atmospheric astronomy is a lecture and an article about studying atmospheres explored for or discovered on or above astronomical entities. It may become a lecture as part of the radiation astronomy course on the principles of radiation astronomy.

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Quiz[edit | edit source]


1 Yes or No, Atmospheric astronomy has three basic aspects: astronomy conducted through an atmosphere, astronomy of an atmosphere, and astronomy conducted using an atmosphere.


2 Chemistry phenomena associated with astronomy are

at least three-quarters of the human genome

3 True or False, An aurora seen from Australia may be a blue radiation source.


4 Which chemical phenomenon are associated with the Earth?

quartz is the second most abundant mineral
an atmosphere containing CO2
green, red, blue, and yellow airglow
the production and escape of hot H+ ions
oxygen emissions
helium ions

5 Yes or No, Atmospheric astronomy determines whether gaseous objects have layers or spherical portions predominantly composed of gas.


6 Which of the following are radiation astronomy phenomena associated with the gaseous-object Neptune?

Voyager 2
blue rays
neutron emission
polar coronal holes
meteor emission

7 Yes or No, The Earth's shadow or Earth shadow (also sometimes known as the dark segment) are names for the shadow that the Earth itself casts on its atmosphere.


8 True or False, An aurora seen from Australia may be a first blue radiation source.


9 Complete the text:

Regarding a blue haze layer near the south polar region of Titan, the difference in color

above and

nearer the

could be due to

of the haze.

10 Yes or No, The number of molecules of a compound per a molecule of hydrogen is called the mixing ratio.


Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. Every astronomical object that is spheroidal and gaseous in exterior appearance has a rocky object at its core.

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