ASTR 102 - Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
This course explores our modern view of the universe. Building on several basic observational techniques and physical principles, this course demystifies the science of astronomy and illuminates the evidence that establishes our physical understandings of stars and planetary systems, galaxies, and the universe. Students seek evidence-based answers to questions including: Of what stuff are stars made? What powers the Sun and other stars? How do stars and planetary systems form and evolve? Do other Earth-like planets exist? What determines the distribution and nature of galaxies in the universe? How did the universe begin and what is its future? Ho Tung Visualization Lab and observing sessions supplement lectures.
When Offered: Spring semester only
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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