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  • 9
    Lessons
  • 14
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 7
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.7
    CEUs
  • 2,832
    Students
    have taken this course
 
 
 
 
 

Course Description

The universe is comprised of infinite space both on Earth and beyond.

It is quite illuminating to discover the expansiveness that can be found by studying the night skies and not only learning about the array of celestial objects that exist but also understanding the reasons behind certain formations and intergalactic activities.
 



In this course we're going to explore our night sky, constellations, our solar system, our galaxy, and what lies beyond the far reaches of space. In addition, we'll learn about past and current projects for space exploration, as well as future ideas for space travel.
 
Our journey will also take us to black holes, quasars, supernovaes, brown dwarfs, and the string theory. And Lastly, we'll explore in depth on how we make observations from earth, and touch on the mechanics of optical telescopes that aid us in exploring the night sky.
"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible."
- Albert Einstein
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  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Cosmic View

The universe is comprised of infinite space both on Earth and beyond. In this lesson, we'll explore the cosmic view, star variances, and the Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Definition Astronomy; Google Sky
  • Take Poll: Moon Landing
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment

Lesson 2: Constellations

In this lesson we'll explore measurements used to find the location of stars (celestial coordinates), and the constellations: Pegasus, Andromeda, Perseus, Hercules, Lyra, Sagittarius, Taurus, Gemini, Lepus, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Capricornus, Leo, and 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Sky View; Solar Eclipses for Beginners; The Mythology of the Constellations
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lessons 1 & 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Exploring the Solar System

Not only children as they lay awake at night, but many grown people in an attempt to understand and take in the breadth of celestial bodies that makeup the universe, have also invested inordinate amounts of time studying and reading about the solar system 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Astronomy History; Definition Solar System; History of Astronomy; Women in Astronomy
  • Take Poll: Life on Other Planets
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment

Lesson 4: Planets and Moons

Let's explore our planets and moons in this solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Photos of the Planets; Tour the Planets; Pluto: The Dwarf That Was a Planet
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lessons 3 & 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Space Exploration - The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: History of Space Exploration; Sky Exploration
  • Take Poll: NASA
  • Take Poll: Rate Apollo 13 NASA Video
  • Take Poll: Rate the Eagle Has Landed
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment

Lesson 6: Future Plans for Space Exploration

The Final Frontier 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: NASA's Plans; Space Tourism: Marketing to the Masses; The Future of Space Exploration and Tourism
  • Take Poll: Space Tourism
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lessons 5 & 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Exploring Beyond the Solar System - Black Holes

While we have utilized both of the words astronomy and cosmology, we have yet to fully define the latter of the two. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Black Holes; Introduction to Black Holes
  • Take Poll: Life on Other Planets
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment

Lesson 8: Quasars, Supernovae, Brown Dwarfs, String Theory

While we have utilized both words, astronomy and cosmology, we have yet to fully define the latter of the two. 37 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Brown Dwarfs; Quasars; Supernovae; What are Supernovae?
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lessons 7 & 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Observation Made Simple

We began our discussion of astronomy by outlining the basics tenets of star gazing. In Lesson One we provided information regarding the types of stars and constellations you may hope to see dependent upon the season in which you are viewing. 40 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Sky Map; Stargazing Plans
  • Take Poll: Observation Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam
293
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify and describe the major and minor constellations.
  • Identify and describe our solar system.
  • Describe and differentiate the planets and moons of our solar system
  • Describe both the history and future plans of space exploration.
  • Describe Black Holes, Quasars, Supernovae, Brown Dwarfs, String Theory.
  • Demonstrate basic functions of using a telescope, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Astronomy 101
Course Number: 7550424
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: High School Level (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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  • "Course was an nice overview of Astronomy. I plan on taking more advanced courses in Astronomy immediately. The recommended book "Nightwatch" is excellent." -- James M.
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