SYLLABUS

PART 1. FOUNDATIONS

Introduction: Charting the Heavens
1. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
2 . Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos
3. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy

PART 2. OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM

4. The Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets
5. Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard
6. The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts
7. The Jovian Planets: Giants of the Solar System
8. Moons, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds Among Giants

PART 3. THE STARS

9. The Sun: Our Parent Star
10. Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
11. The Interstellar Medium: Birthplace of Stars
12. Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars
13. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter

PART 4. GALAXIES AND THE UNIVERSE

14. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design
15. Normal and Active Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe
16. Hubble’s Law and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos
17. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
18. Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?
ASTRONOMY is an introductory course that covers the main topics in astronomy such as comparative planetology, birth and death of  the stars, creation and evolution of the universe.

TEXTBOOK:

ASTRONOMY:
A Beginner's Guide to the Universe, 4/E
by
Eric Chaisson and
Steve McMillan