ASTR 101: Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System

Currently Offered:
Fall Semester 2018 (August 21–December 14)

This is an introductory course in which we will explore the following topics: celestial motions of the Earth, Sun, Moon, and planets; the nature of light; ground- and space-based telescopes; comparative planetology; the Earth and the Moon; terrestrial and gas planets and their moons; dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets; planetary system formation; extrasolar planets; and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). For more information, see Project Intro Astro.

Required Texts/Materials

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Additional Requirements

  • high-speed Internet connection

Course Details

  • Instructor: Dan Reichart, PhD
  • Department: Physics and Astronomy
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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