Astronomy 1 Online Single Semester

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Follow your enthusiasm for space by introducing yourself to the study of astronomy. This course will include topics such as astronomy’s history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe. Further knowledge is gained through the study of galaxies, stars, and the origin of the universe.

When enrolling in the full year option of this course, it will be delivered in two semesters. Transcripts will reflect each semester separately.

Unit 1: The Universe
• Describe the study of the cosmos.
• Discuss the theory of the origin of the universe.
• Analyze the evidence that supports the Big Bang theory.
• Examine the composition of matter and how it is distributed within the universe.
• Describe the theories of evolution and fate of the universe.

Unit 2: Techniques and Tools of the Trade: Studying the Universe
• Distinguish science from pseudoscience
• Discuss the impact of scientific research on our society
• Follow the steps of the scientific method to conduct an astronomy investigation
• Choose proper tools and follow safety procedures in the field

Unit 3: The Earth, Moon, and Sun Systems
• Learn about the movements of celestial bodies in the sky.
• Describe how the motion of the Earth causes seasons and night-day cycles.
• Identify the characteristics and phases of the moon.
• Explore how the moon’s gravitational pull manipulates tides on Earth.
• Distinguish between a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse.

Unit 4: Stars
• Describe the composition and characteristics of stars.
• Learn how astronomers identify and describe constellations such as Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Orion, and Cassiopeia.
• Analyze and characterize stars by their physical and chemical properties.
• Explain the use of diagrams and models in obtaining physical data on stars.
• Examine the evolution of stars.
Astronomy 1 Midterm Exam

Unit 5: Galaxies
• Differentiate and describe the types of galaxies within the universe.
• Characterize the Milky Way.
• Identify how galaxies are organized and distributed within the universe.
• Describe the evolution of galaxies.
• Examine the forces that shape galaxies of stars.

Unit 6: The Milky Way
• Find ways to determine the age of the Milky Way
• Discover the oldest planet located in the Milky Way
• Decipher why there are more younger stars than older stars in the galaxy
• Understand Gaia Mapping and how it is used today

Unit 7: Black Holes
• Define black holes and understand why they are important
• Trace the history of black holes
• Answer questions about how we detect black holes, how they form, and how big and strong they are
• Discuss what happens at the event horizon and singularity of a black hole
• Investigate time travel options that black holes might offer

Unit 8: Becoming a Space Professional
• Understand what skills are required to enter into various space-related careers
• Discuss the roles in the mission control center that support astronauts in space
• Investigate other careers that support space missions and exploration
• Create an education plan that will prepare you for a career in astronomy
Astronomy 1 Final Exam

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