Using both historical and contemporary data, students examine the planets, the life cycle of stars, the nature of galaxies, and the origin and future of the cosmos. An understanding of the scientific process, from raw data to the formulation of physical laws, provides an underlying thread to the course. Students describe and explain the evolution of astronomical knowledge, and apply their understanding through direct observation. Students who have taken SCIE 400 Astronomy cannot take this course.
This course is offered online.