Course Description


AST 201
Descriptive Astronomy [Lecture and Laboratory] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
In this basic course, students start by learning the history of the night sky, and why it was so important to our ancestors. Students will also learn the planets of the Solar System, what makes eclipses and tides, and our place in the Milky Way; discover the life cycle of stars and what causes their different size & color; uncover what they are made of, and how we know, despite the distance. PC software to simulate the night sky and a field trip to the Planetarium are included. Course fee applicable.


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