About The Course
This class is a survey of modern astronomy. We begin with a brief history of how science works to help us comprehend the universe, modern telescopes, and the underlying physical principles of light and gravity. We then proceed through modern astronomical topics and get up to date on the most recent astronomical discoveries. There is a particular emphasis on the discoveries that are transforming our understanding of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. You will see what we have learned from new ground-based telescopes and space observatories. Astronomers project the scientific method into remote regions of time and space, discovering Earth-like worlds, probing the exotic end states of stars, counting and weighing galaxies, and diagnosing physical conditions in the first instants of the expanding universe. Topics will include:
A brief history of astronomy and the Copernican revolution
Modern telescopes and other tools of astronomy
Planets in and beyond our solar system
The life and death of stars
Galaxies and the expanding universe
Astrobiology and life beyond Earth
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I get a certificate after completing this class?
Yes. Students who complete the class will be offered a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.
- Do I earn University of Arizona credits upon completion of this class?
No. The Statement of Accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the University. However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in your subject to a higher education institution or potential employer.
- What resources will I need for this class?
No resources needed, but we recommend purchasing a copy of "Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy" if you would like to engage more deeply.
- What are the learning outcomes of this course and why should I take it?
You’ll learn about the questions that have occupied some of the greatest minds in history, and how to go about answering them!