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

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.
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Course Motivation

The universe is a vast, mysterious place.

Too many of us allow ourselves to be content with the emerald and sapphire planet we call home.

We seem oblivious to much more than the craterous moon and sparkling stars that dot the night sky. 

But that hasn’t always been the case. 

Before you could simply look up Mars, Venus, comets, supernovas and the Pleiades on the Internet, the science of studying the stars was a high calling.

And like every other science, astronomy has seen astonishing leaps and bounds, not only in the past few decades, but throughout the history of mankind as well.

It’s a fascinating study, and one vital to understanding our role in the greater system of the universe. Just beyond the atmosphere there is an infinite sea of existence; stars, planets, galaxies, meteors, and more – forever changing, with many secrets to share.

The journey will take you through many wonders: black holes, quasars, brown dwarfs, the history and highlights of space exploration and a keener look at the mechanics of the optical telescopes that have made such astronomical improvements to our understanding of the universe around us.

Enrollment is open on a continuous basis, so there’s no reason you should be kept in the dark any longer. Start mastering the wonders and mysteries of astronomy today!

Astronomy 101 is an ideal course for students who are looking for a self-paced study of the stars and the heavens. While the class does offer a great deal of freedom you won’t be left all on your own. The teacher is frequently available online for discussion, and both the instructor and the students often engage one another in the Class Forums. 

Students of Astronomy 101 will discover the secrets of the night sky. Not only will you learn a great deal about the multitude of celestial objects contained in the heavens, you’ll also gain a solid understanding of why certain celestial formations and intergalactic activities exist.

You'll explore constellations, our solar system, our galaxy, extending on into the farthest reaches and depths of the universe. But the explorations don’t stop there. You’ll also study some past and current projects that are or have been underway in the realm of space exploration, in addition to some exciting options and ideas for the future of space travel. 

Each of these lessons is focused on a primary objective. In the end, you’ll be rewarded with an in-depth understanding of the mysteries of astronomy and the universe around us.

There's no reason to let obstacles or circumstances stand in your way any longer. The keys of knowledge that you need to unlock the secrets of the night sky are waiting for you to take hold of them. Enrollment is open on an on-going basis, so there’s no reason that you can’t grasp them right now!
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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
  • Lesson discussions: Moon Landing; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • 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
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • 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 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: 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
  • 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. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: 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. 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
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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Astronomy 101
Course Number: 7550424
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (1,911 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, and Texas.
Last Updated: August 2022
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: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "I really appreciated taking this course and receiving your feedback for every session. I hope to learn more from you in the future--thank you professor!" -- Kevyn A.
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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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