Introductory Astronomy: The Sun and Planets

ASTR101 (Liberal Arts) Introductory Astronomy: The Sun and Planets 3 hrs. 3 crs. This course is an introductory level overview of the structure and properties of the Solar System, Sun, planets and their moons, comets, asteroids, meteors and more. The general principles of planetary motion and evolution will also be covered such as the appearance and motion of the Sun, sky, Moon and planets, gravity, the nature of light, magnetism and earthquakes. The properties of other newly discovered solar systems, the formation, evolution and fate of solar systems and the conditions for life here and elsewhere will also be discussed. Not open for students with credit in ASTR 111 or ASTR 140 Laboratory, computer and observatory exercises will be used, including at least one night time lab.

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