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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

ASTRO 005 (GN) The Sky and Planets (3) The development of our modern understanding of the visible sky and planetary systems. Students who have passed ASTRO 001 or ASTRO 010 may not take this course for credit.

ASTRO 005 The Sky and Planets (3)

ASTRO 005 will introduce students to the wonders of the universe and help them to understand how the universe works through the laws of physics. During the semester, they will learn about the different observed motions of objects in our sky, how astronomical objects influence our concepts of time, the nature of light and spectra, how planetary systems are formed and comparative details about our solar system and other planetary systems. Many colorful images and movies of the solar system have been collected by un-manned satellite missions like Voyagers I & II, the Magellan mission to Venus, the Mars Rovers and Pathfinders, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Cassini and Huygens missions to Saturn, and the New Horizons mission which is now on its way to study Pluto. These images will be used to convey the excitement of discovery to our students.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: Students who have passed ASTRO 001 or ASTRO 010 may not take this course.

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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