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Undergraduate Degree Programs

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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

ASTRO 006 (GN) Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (3) The development of our modern understanding of stars, galaxies, and the astronomical universe. Students who have passed ASTRO 001 or ASTRO 010 may not take this course for credit.

ASTRO 006 Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (3)

ASTRO 006 will introduce students to the laws of nature as they apply to the study of stars, galaxies and the universe. During the semester, they will learn about gravitational forces, the nature of light and spectra, the different telescopes and instruments used to study the universe, new discoveries about our Sun and other stars, the births and deaths of stars, the structure of our own Milky Way galaxy, types of galaxies, how other nearby galaxies affect the Milky Way, the origin of our universe and the techniques that we have used to learn about our universe. These topics will be enhanced by numerous images and movies of our Sun and other astronomical objects that were collected with telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Swift gamma ray burst explorer, the Chandra X-ray telescope, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), as well as other state-of-the-art instruments.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: Students who have passed ASTRO 001 and 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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