Develops an appreciation of and competence in observational astronomy with the naked eye or small telescope. Introduces the use of images from major telescopes and spacecraft as a tool for experiencing the night sky. Special emphasis will be placed on the World Wide Telescope and what it has to offer. Rare observations such as supernovae, comets and solar activity will also be covered. Advanced tools of telescope astronomy and astrophotography may also be discussed. Emphasis is on observation rather than theory.
Focuses on the history of astronomy, naked-eye sky observation, tools of the astronomer, contents of the solar system and life in the universe. Incorporates laboratory experience.
Emphasizes the structure and life cycle of the stars, the sun, galaxies, and the universe as a whole, including cosmology and relativity. Stellar phenomena including white dwarves, black holes will be explored. Incorporates laboratory experience.
Introduces the study of archeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. The principles of unaided eye observational astronomy, timekeeping, navigation, religion and ritual, political power, cosmology, and worldview are covered. Methods of the ethnoastronomer, including measurement of architectural alignments, analysis of written records, examination of art, and general knowledge about a culture, will be discussed.