SCI 202, Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of the physical universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere. This introductory-level astronomy course provides students with a basic overview of the current scientific understanding concerning celestial objects and the universe beyond the earth. The findings of both observational and theoretical astronomy will be considered.

   • Render a detailed and articulate account of the basics of astronomy; understand the principles of scientific reasoning and learn how to use the scientific method; render an articulate account of current scientific theories about the universe

   • Understand how gravity is related to the formation and evolution of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe; understand how light is used by astronomers to learn about the universe; understand the basic principles of cosmology and how space exploration is used to advance our understanding of the universe

Course Details:  History of astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo; instruments used in astronomy, from telescopes to robotic devices; the motion of the Earth and constellations in the celestial sphere; the basic characteristics of each planet in the solar system; lunar and solar eclipses; the effect of the sun and moon on tides; current scientific theories concerning the formation of the universe; Asteroids, meteors, and comets; supernovas, black holes, neutron stars; Dark matter, dark energy, and the expansion of the universe; the Vatican Observatory


Image: V838 is a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years from the Sun. By NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons