Professor Edward M. Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor Edward M. Murphy
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia
My goal is to introduce you to the beauty and the wonder of the night sky, and to give you a basic knowledge needed to feel more comfortable navigating the sky.
Dr. Edward M. Murphy is Associate Professor, General Faculty at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He earned his bachelor's degree in Astronomy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia in 1996. Professor Murphy was a postdoctoral fellow and an associate research scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he worked on NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE). In 2000 he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia, where he continues to use FUSE, along with radio telescopes, in his research on the interstellar medium. Professor Murphy teaches courses on introductory astronomy and intelligent life in the universe to undergraduates, as well as seminars on how to teach astronomy to graduate students. He also offers evening classes for the local community at the historical Leander McCormick Observatory. He was named a Teaching and Technology Fellow in 2002-2003 and an Ernest Boots Mead Honored Faculty Fellow in 2003-2004. Dr. Murphy gives astronomy talks, appears regularly on local radio, and leads professional development workshops for teachers. He has also worked with the Science Museum of Virginia to develop planetarium shows and exhibits.
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  1. Our Night Sky Sale

    Our Night Sky

    Edward M. Murphy
    4.5 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $160.00 Starting at $24.95 $199.95 $24.95$199.95
    Learn how to feel at home in the limitless expanse of the star-filled sky with the 12 lectures of Our Night Sky. This richly illustrated course is an unrivaled tour of the stars that teaches you about the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. With the guidance of award-winning astronomer and Professor Edward M. Murphy, you'll get a comprehensive overview of what there is to see out...
  2. National Geographic Polar Explorations Sale

    National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.2 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (29)
    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $34.95 $269.95 $34.95$269.95
    Travel to the polar regions with five Arctic and Antarctic experts on an exquisite visual journey, produced in partnership with National Geographic. You’ll encounter incredible wildlife, learn about the “heroic era” of polar exploration, discover how indigenous peoples thrive in these climates, and gain valuable tips on how to take captivating photographs in the otherworldly landscapes found at the ends of the...
  3. (Set) The Stargazer's Toolkit  Set

    (Set) The Stargazer's Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.80 Starting at $709.80 $819.80 $709.80$819.80
    Get an unparalleled view of the sky above your head as well as deep space with this visually rich four-course set. Our Night Sky shows you how to view cosmic marvels equipped only with your own eyes, binoculars, and a small telescope. Get a visually stunning tour of the sky's most dazzling displays, most of which you can see without binoculars, in Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders. In Experiencing...
  4. (Set)  Nature of Earth & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  5. (Set) Our Night Sky & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Make sense of the cosmos with this two-course set that shows you how to unscramble the stars and how to truly understand the scientific mysteries of the universe. First, learn how to feel at home in the limitless expanse of the star-filled sky with the 12 lectures of Our Night Sky. Then, discover a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe with the 36 lectures of...
  6. (Set) Our Night Sky & Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Embark on a richly illustrated and unforgettable tour of the sky above your head. Our Night Sky shows you everything you ever wanted to know about the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather brings together numerous science fields to show you the surprising and intriguing interactions that make up the world's climate.
  7. (Set) Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders & Our Night Sky  Set

    (Set) Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $419.90 $369.90$419.90
    Open your eyes to the countless wonders lying just above your head with this richly illustrated two-course set on what to look for in the sky at all times of the day and night. First, embark on a stunning tour of dazzling displays such as clouds, sunsets, meteors, and solar eclipses with Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders. Then, discover everything you ever needed to know about the science,...
  8. (Set) Life in Our Universe & Our Night Sky  Set

    (Set) Life in Our Universe & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Learn how to gaze knowledgeably at the stars above your head, and contemplate whether there are Earth-like planets around stars outside of our solar system that can support life, in this pair of visually stunning courses. In Life in Our Universe, you're introduced to the new field of astrobiology as you examine the remarkable coincidences that created our planet and sustained its habitability for 3.5 billion years,...
  9. (Set)  Our Night Sky & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
  10. (Set) Black Holes Explained & Our Night Sky  Set

    (Set) Black Holes Explained & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Embark on an unforgettable journey through the cosmos with this lavishly visual two-course set. First, Black Holes Explained makes one of the most exotic, mind-boggling, and profound subjects in astrophysics graspable with accessible explanations of photon spheres, event horizons, Einstein rings, and other key concepts. Then, get ready for an unrivaled tour of the stars in Our Night Sky, where you'll gain a...
  11. (Set) Our Night Sky & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Learn new ways to think about the stars above your head and the ground beneath your feet. In Our Night Sky, discover a wealth of insights into the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. In The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology, take a closer look at Earth's minerals, rocks, and soils&mdashand the fascinating processes that operate on them throughout time.
  12. (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Our Night Sky  Set

    (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
  13. (Set)  World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  14. (Set)  Our Night Sky & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
  15. (Set) Our Night Sky & My Favorite Universe  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & My Favorite Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
    Make sense of the wonders of the cosmos with this dynamic two-course set delivered by a pair of astronomers and award-winning professors. Our Night Sky is an unrivaled tour of the stars that teaches you about the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. My Favorite Universe is a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the universe and concepts like black holes, asteroids, and the...
  16. (Set) Complete Guide to the Universe  Set

    (Set) Complete Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,484.60 Starting at $2,484.60 $2,484.60 $2,484.60$2,484.60
    Trying to envision the universe is a daunting process. Let these eight courses paint the picture of our cosmos for you, as you explore the science, history, and nature of space. From the known, in Our Night Sky, to the unknown in Black Holes, to the theorized in Dark Matter, plus five more fascinating topics, this extensive set leaves no topic uncovered and no question unanswered.
  17. (Set) Our Night Sky & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
    Get revealing looks at some of the most breathtaking sights to be seen in the stars above your head with these two richly illustrated courses. In Our Night Sky, discover the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. In Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, explore a noted astronomer and professor's "Top 10" list of the best images ever taken by this iconic space...
  18. (Set) The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries & Our Night Sky  Set

    (Set) The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $264.90 Starting at $264.90 $299.90 $264.90$299.90
    Explore the known and unknown universe, learn fascinating concepts behind its phenomena, and know what you're looking at when you gaze up at the sky in this visually rich course set. Join Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson in uncovering some of the next avenues of exploration in space for today's chemists, physicists, biologists, and astronomers in The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries. And in Professor Edward M....
  19. (Set)  Oceanography & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) Oceanography & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  20. (Set) Our Night Sky & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
    Learn how to feel at home in the limitless expanse of the sky with this richly illustrated two-course set. In Our Night Sky, take an unrivaled tour of the stars that teaches you about the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. In New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System, discover the new insights into astronomy provided by computer animations and spectacular images from...