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About this Course

This course of study is built around  John D. Fix, Astronomy, 3/e; published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education.   Having this text at hand can be very helpful, but it is not required for a rewarding learning experience.


Part 1    The Journey Begins

1. Journey's Start
2. Patterns in the Sky
3. Ancient Astronomy
4. Renaissance Astronomy
5. Gravity and Motion
6. Light and Telescopes

Part 2    Journey Through the Solar System

7. Overview of the Solar System
8. The Earth
9. The Moon
10. Mercury and Venus
11. Mars
12. Jupiter and Saturn
13. The Outer Planets
14. Satellites
15. Solar System Debris

Part 3    Journey to the Stars

16. Basic Properties of Stars
17. The Sun
18. The Formation of Stars and Planets
19. The Evolution of Stars
20. White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes
21. Binary Star Systems

Part 4    Journey to the Cosmic Frontier

22. The Milky Way
23. Galaxies
24. Quasars and Other Active Galaxies
25. Galaxy Clusters and the Structure of the Universe
26. Cosmology

Part 5    The Journey in Search of Life

27. Life in the Universe

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