Online Class: Astronomy 101

Astronomy 101 is a fully illustrated, instructor-led, self-paced online course explaining in great detail the wondrous universe we live in.

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Course Description

Discovering the Wonders of the Universe: A Deep Dive into Cosmic Phenomena

The mysteries of the cosmos have long been a source of wonder, inspiring countless individuals to gaze upward and seek understanding. Indeed, the sheer vastness of space, filled with its shimmering stars, intriguing planets, and staggering phenomena, holds infinite secrets waiting to be unveiled. By delving into the study of the night skies, we not only learn about the multitudes of celestial objects that pepper the universe but also gain insights into the intricate dance that shapes their formation and behavior.

Introducing a comprehensive course designed to elevate your understanding of the universe. Within these lessons, you'll journey through the celestial wonders of our night sky, discover the marvels within our solar system, traverse the expanse of our galaxy, and reach into the incredible vastness that lies beyond.

Here's a sneak peek into what awaits you:

  • Lesson 1: Cosmic View: Begin with a panoramic introduction to the universe. Explore how the cosmos is organized and its mind-boggling scale. Delve into the latest data regarding the observable universe's size, currently estimated to be about 93 billion light-years in diameter.

  • Lesson 2: Constellations: Dive into the patterns of stars that have guided civilizations for millennia. Understand their historical significance and the stories they've inspired, from Orion the Hunter to the Big Dipper.

  • Lesson 3: Exploring the Solar System: Journey through our immediate cosmic neighborhood. Examine the latest discoveries about our fellow planets, such as Mars' subterranean saltwater lakes and Saturn's mesmerizing rings.

  • Lesson 4: Planets and Moons: Delve deeper into the characteristics and compositions of our solar system's celestial bodies. For example, explore Jupiter's turbulent storms or the icy geysers on Saturn's moon, Enceladus.

  • Lesson 5: Space Exploration - The Final Frontier: Travel back in time to the early days of space exploration, from the iconic Apollo moon landings to the Voyager missions. Then, investigate the cutting-edge endeavors of today, such as the James Webb Space Telescope and its groundbreaking observations.

  • Lesson 6: Future Plans for Space Exploration: Peer into the horizon of what's next. Analyze ambitious projects like NASA's Artemis program, aiming to return humans to the moon, and the conceptual ideas surrounding Mars colonization.

  • Lesson 7: Exploring Beyond the Solar System - Black Holes: Enter the mysterious realms of black holes. Learn about their formation, their incredible gravitational pull, and the event horizon – the point of no return.

  • Lesson 8: Quasars, Supernovae, Brown Dwarfs, String Theory: Venture further with a closer look at these fascinating celestial phenomena and groundbreaking theories. Explore quasars' incredible luminosity, the explosive end of stars as supernovae, and the implications of the string theory on our understanding of reality.

  • Lesson 9: Observation Made Simple: Conclude by returning to Earth, understanding the tools and techniques that allow us to study the vastness above. Discover the mechanics of optical telescopes, and how evolving technology, like adaptive optics, has transformed our ability to gaze deeper into space than ever before.

So, if you've ever looked up at the night sky with curiosity, longing to know more about the twinkling stars and distant galaxies, this course is your gateway to understanding. Dive into the depths of space and time, and unravel the universe's profound mysteries. The cosmos awaits your exploration!

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Course Motivation

Journey Beyond the Stars: Astronomy 101

The universe, vast and enigmatic, beckons to those who dare to gaze upward. Yet, many remain anchored to the blue-green beauty of Earth, their perspectives limited to the shimmering constellations and the pockmarked face of the moon.

In ages past, the study of celestial bodies was not just a pastime but a revered profession. Before the convenience of digital knowledge, astronomers were the gatekeepers of cosmic secrets. Throughout human history, the science of astronomy has evolved dramatically, revealing breathtaking vistas of our cosmic neighborhood and distant galaxies.

This subject is not just about the stars and planets; it's about understanding our place in the grand cosmic tapestry. Beyond our atmosphere lies an expansive universe teeming with phenomena like stars, galaxies, black holes, quasars, and brown dwarfs. Our journey will unravel the fabric of space-time, delve into historical space missions, and explore the intricate workings of optical telescopes that magnify the wonders of the cosmos.

Why remain a mere spectator when you can become a cosmic explorer? Dive deep into the enigmas of space with Astronomy 101.

What will you uncover? Beyond a comprehensive overview of celestial bodies, this course offers insight into the reasons behind astronomical phenomena. Venture from the familiar constellations and our solar system to the mystifying expanse of distant galaxies. Discover past, present, and envisioned space projects that push the boundaries of human exploration and imagination.

Each lesson is meticulously crafted with a key objective, culminating in a profound understanding of the universe's mysteries.

Don't let mere apprehensions hold you back. The cosmos awaits, its stories yearning to be told. Enroll in Astronomy 101 and grasp the keys to the universe today. The celestial wonders, once mere twinkling dots, will unfold their stories for you. Grab this opportunity now and be the storyteller of the stars!

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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. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Moon Landing; Reasons for Taking this Course

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 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: 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 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Life on Other Planets

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
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lessons 3 & 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Space Exploration - The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: NASA; Rate Apollo 13 NASA Video; 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
  • Lesson discussions: Space Tourism
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video

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. Additional lesson topics: Brown Dwarfs 37 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson discussions: Observation Poll; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam
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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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Astronomy 101
Course Number: 7550424
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (1,959 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: 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: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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