Descriptive Astronomy

Descriptive Astronomy
Nonmathematical presentation of knowledge of the content and history of the cosmos, frequently using observatory and planetarium.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 OfferedHonors also.
 ProgramsContaining PHSCS 127
Course Outcomes

Astronomical Terminology and Perspective

Students will be able to answer conceptual questions using correct astrophysical terminology about the following core astronomy concepts:

* the motion of the Earth and the objects seen in the visible sky

* how and into what the Universe is organized by gravity at all scales from the solar system to the superclusters of galaxies.

* the significant and unique characteristics of each planet and other components of the solar system.

* the essential physical concepts that govern the life cycle of stars from creation to death, how the Sun compares to other stars, and the changes the Sun and stars will go through during their life cycles.

* the structure and classification of galaxies and clusters of galaxies.

* the central ideas of and evidences for current big bang cosmologies.

Night Sky

Students will be able to identify common naked eye constellations, bright stars and deep sky objectsin the sky.

Observing Projects

Students will gain practical experience by performing their own astronomical observations, interpreting their observations and communicating their results.

Appreciation of our Creator's Universe

Students will appreciate the grandeur of our Savior's universe.