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.
The universe is inconceivably massive. Tucked away in an average galaxy is an average star that has an average planet orbiting it. This planet, we call Earth.
While humankind has been looking up into the sky and asking, "What is out there?" for millennia, it has only been within the past few centuries that we have had the technology and resources needed to start answering that question.
Join us to cover fundamental concepts relating to the study of astronomy with the intent of providing enough of a background for participants to read, understand, and comprehend the significance of non-technical astronomy news. Main topics include the basics of the science of astronomy, solar systems, stellar evolution, galaxies and the universe, and ongoing and future astronomical missions.
Readings: Chaisson, Eric and McMillian, Steve, Astronomy Today, Vol . 1: The Solar System (6th Edition), Publisher: Benjamin Cummings, (2007) ISBN: 9780136155492. Chaisson, Eric and McMillian, Steve, Astronomy Today, Vol. 2: Stars and Galaxies (6th Edition), Publisher: Benjamin Cummings, (2007) ISBN: 9780136155508.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.