OSHR 1529 - Observatories of the World: Ancient Structures to Future Technology

  • 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.

From the earliest known sundials in ancient Egypt and Babylon to the upcoming European Extremely Large Telescope, humanity’s interest in space has not wavered.

This class will explore how our astronomical knowledge has grown over the ages as we examine the history and science of the world’s major observatories.

We will begin by exploring "primitive" observatories of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and other cultures of the world. As we move through time, we will look at technologies and discoveries over the ages and the people who made them.

The class will end with a look to the future, towards the observatories that are planned to launch within the next decade. We will discuss the need for these facilities and the science they are predicted to discover.

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