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Stars and Galaxies | ASTR | 1403

An introduction to the present cosmological theories about the structure and evolution of the universe. A comparison with previous models since antiquity. A study of the celestial sphere and the constellations, the motions in the sky. A study of gravity, light, radiation, optics, telescopes and spacecraft. A survey of the stars, clusters, galaxies, superclusters, their properties, structure and evolution. Laboratory includes an introduction to observational techniques using telescopes, in-class projects/exercises on spectroscopy, stellar positions, solar heating, planetary motions, solar and astrophotography, star clusters, galaxies, and cosmology. This course satisfies the Life and Physical Sciences or the Component Area Option of the HCC core.

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