Astronomy is a fascinating science that has sparked wonder in people for generations. In this engaging class, we will look at creation by studying astronomy.
Astronomy students will start the year off by studying the earth and moon and then the rest of the solar system, including the Sun, the terrestrial planets, gas giants, asteroids, meteors and comets.
Along with studying the unique features of the planets we will look at Newton’s law of gravity and Kepler’s Laws of planetary motion.
Next, we’ll move further out into space looking at the stars, and galaxies and identifying key features of the night sky. As we discuss the stars we will also look at the physics of telescopes. Through the year of the course, students will be given updates of important astronomical events that they can observe throughout the year; for example meteor showers.
Students will be given stargazing “labs”, and seek to keep a journal of their observations.
Required Texts & Materials
- Exploring the World of Astronomy by John Hudson Tiner
- Notepad, pencils, journaling materials.
- Binoculars recommended.
- Assessments: Quizzes, tests, projects, labs and presentations