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What is Astronomy class?

Astronomy / January 12, 2020

What makes Earth different from all the other planets? What has NASA's Curiosity on Mars found about Mars's past running water and suitability for life? How has knowledge about Pluto [ more ]

How do stars work? This course answers that question from start to finish! In this course we undertake a survey of some of the main ideas in modern astrophysics, with [ more ]

A focused investigation of the possibility of life arising elsewhere in our Galaxy, and the chances of our detecting it. In this course, pairs of students will explore the astronomical [ more ]

Not offered this year

This course will introduce techniques for obtaining and analyzing astronomical data. We will begin by learning about practical observation planning and move on to discussion of CCD detectors, signal statistics, [ more ]

We live in a solar system full of wonders. Each planet and each moon is strange: different from our Earth, and different from each other. The recent flood of images [ more ]

As stars end their varied lives they each end up as a dense, compact remnant. In this course we will study the final stages of stellar evolution and concentrate on [ more ]

This course is a journey through space and time from the first few seconds to the ultimate fate of the Universe billions of years in the future. Topics include the [ more ]

A famous dichotomy between the sciences and the humanities, and public understanding of them, was laid down by C. P. Snow and has been widely discussed, with ignorance of the [ more ]

In the 2014-15 academic year of the study of the book, honoring the new library and the expansion of the Chapin Library of Rare Books, we study many of the [ more ]

The matter between the stars-the interstellar medium-manifests itself in many interesting and unexpected ways, and, as the detritus of stars, its properties and behavior hold clues to the history and [ more ]

A star is a very interesting, very complicated physical object. Properties of stars and their evolutionary paths depend on an intricate interplay of different physical phenomena with gravity, nuclear interactions, [ more ]

We study all aspects of the Sun, our nearest star. This semester leads up to the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, the first eclipse whose totality crosses the [ more ]

Recent astronomical observations have revealed that the universe contains large amounts of dark matter (most probably consisting of undetected yet very-weakly-interacting particles) and dark energy (a strange kind of uniformly-distributed [ more ]

An original experimental or theoretical investigation is carried out under the direction of a faculty member in Astronomy, as discussed under the heading of the degree with honors in Astronomy [ more ]

Physicists and Astronomers from around the country come to explain their research. Students of Physics and Astronomy at any level are welcome. Registration is not necessary to attend. A [ more ]