Introduction to the astronomical universe for non-science students.
- Outline the development of astronomy from ancient times to present and explain the role of the scientific method in this historic context.
- Describe and explain the apparent motions of the celestial bodies, especially as related to naked-eye observations.
- Identify the appropriate instruments used by astronomers to understand the universe.
- Outline the origins of our solar system and appraise the leading cosmological theories of the origin of the universe.
- Describe the physical and chemical properties of the objects in our solar system and apply the concept of comparative planetology.
- Describe the physical and chemical nature of stars, and especially our sun, and apply the astronomical techniques used to measure stellar properties.
- Outline the evolutionary stages in a star’s life and compare and contrast the structure of our Milky Way and other galaxies.
- Apply astronomical concepts to the search for extraterrestrial life.