ASTRONOMY

Price: $190 | Credits: 10 | Dept: Science (Elective)

No longer is Astronomy merely only a chapter within a Physics text book for high school students. This course delves into the knowns and unkowns of the world around us and delights as much as it amazes. Finally, a course for true stargazers and for those who ponder our place in the bigger picture.

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 10 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

In this module, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • The science of Astronomy, including the roots of Astronomy and the basics of Astronomy as observed with the naked eye.
  • The science of Astronomy, including it’s history and how to make observations with the naked eye.
  • The types and tools regarding Astronomy, including the telescope and Radio Astronomy.
  • The basics of Space exploration, with an emphasis on Voyager 1, the future of human Space exploration and the challenges of interstellar travel.
  • The basics of the solar system, including its formation, how the Earth orbits the Sun, Dwarf planets, Pluto, the Asteroid Belt, Comets and the Oort Cloud, and size comparisons of Celestial Bodies.
  • The planets, including Mercury, Venus, the Earth and Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
  • The stars and how to interpret star charts, the Celestial Coordinate systems, Stellar magnitudes, measuring distances to stars, and the Messier Catalog.
  • Stars and spectroscopy, including what stars are, stellar evolution and classification, the Hertzspring-Russell diagram, binary star systems, and star clusters.
  • The basics of galaxies, including the types and classification, the Milky Way and the Laniakea Supercluster, the Hubble deep field and ultra deep field, and Galactic collisions.
  • Astrobiology, and the search for life in the solar system, with a particular focus on Europa and Enceladus.
  • The Drake equation, Exoplanets, and the methods of detecting Exoplanets.
  • The basics of space and its properties, including the interstellar medium, the principles of Space-time and Einstein’s relativity, dark matter and dark energy, and the Higgs field & elementary particles.
  • Exotic objects and phenomena, Supernovae, Neutron stars, black holes and quasars.
  • The beginning of the Universe, its expansion and acceleration, as well as the three fates of the Universe.

TOPICS COVERED

This course covers the following topics:

  • The Science of Astronomy
  • Types and Tools of Astronomy
  • Space Exploration
  • Introduction to the Solar System
  • Solar System: The Planets
  • The Stars as Seen From Earth
  • Stars and Spectroscopy
  • Galaxies
  • Astrobiology and the Search for Life in the Solar System
  • The Search for Life Elsewhere
  • Space and its Properties
  • Exotic Objects and Phenomena
  • The Universe