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During Fall semesters, I teach the intro to non-Solar System astronomy for non-majors. I always absolutely love teaching this course and interacting with the enthusiastic students who take it. Below is a more detailed description and the learning objectives.
For the nonscientist. A survey of astronomy with a focus on the universe beyond our solar system. Basic observational astronomy and the history of astronomy. Stellar astronomy: motions, distances, sizes, spectra; types of stars; variability; binary systems. Stellar evolution: the birth, life, and death of stars, including supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes. The structure and evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy. Other galaxies, clusters of galaxies, quasars. Theories of the origin of the universe.
To gain a sense and appreciation of how vast and extreme the Universe really is.
To better understand our origin and place within the cosmos.
To learn how astronomers do what they do and know what they know
To gain an appreciation for the scientific method