OSHR 1521 - Legends, Art, and Science: Practical Astronomy for your Nightly Life

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

There is a world we live in, then there is a world full of wonder and excitement that has generated countless legends, beautiful works of art, and the inspiration of untold generations in the name of science. We call this world the night sky, and during this course we will explore this excitement from a practical approach - giving you the knowledge and resources needed to tell star stories on a camping trip, describe where in the night sky important astronomical events such as meteor showers will be, make a record of the sky through a photograph and then turn it into a masterpiece suitable for framing, or even answer basic questions like ‘why is the sky blue?’

Main topics include, but are not limited to, an introduction to the night sky, constellation lore, the Earth and Moon, other planets in our solar system, and astrophotography.

Readings: Photography At Night: An Introduction To Astrophotography on a Budget. (eBook) only available at http://www.astroarn.com/books-tutorials. The New Patterns in the Sky: Myths and Legends of the Stars, ISBN-10: 0939923041.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.