(Not taught in the 2018-19 Academic Year)
This semester-long course is an introduction to the universe beyond our planet. We begin with a macro view by examining the cultural significance of various constellations and their locations in the sky. Once we have an understanding of the various shapes that are made up by the stars, we begin to look at more specific objects in the sky such as nebulae, star clusters, galaxies and the other planets in our solar system. This leads to exploratory questions such as “what are these objects?”, “how are they created?”, “what do they become in the future?”. We will also investigate more locally observable phenomena such as solar and lunar eclipses, and the various phases of the moon. The class relies on projects and regular observation sessions to encourage students to pursue inquiries explaining the universe that we see every night.