ASTR S-35 Fundamentals of Contemporary Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
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The fundamentals of astronomy are covered in the context of contemporary research. We study five areas being actively investigated by astronomers today. Topics include stars, galaxies, and the large-scale structure of the Universe; the history of the Universe; the nature of dark matter and dark energy; and exoplanets. The course is designed to help students explore the frontiers of research in astronomy, and to get a feeling for what it is like to be an astronomer, using the new generation of ground- and space-based telescopes, combined with sophisticated theoretical techniques and computational facilities. As we study each aspect of the universe, we ask how we came to know what we know today, what the open questions are, and how astronomers are searching for the answers to these questions.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Harvard College Observatory Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street
Required sections to be arranged.
Start dateTuesday, June 26
High school algebra; some physics background is useful but not necessary.
Rosanne Di Stefano, PhD.
Senior Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Lecturer on Astronomy, Harvard University