ASTR 101: Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System

Currently Offered:
Fall Semester 2018 (August 21–December 14)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

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.

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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