Astronomy: Exploring the Universe *

Why do stars twinkle? Is it possible to fall into a black hole? Will the sun ever stop shining? Since the first glimpse of the night sky, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. This course will introduce students to the study of astronomy, including its 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. Additional topics include the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the sun and stars. Using online tools, students will examine the life cycle of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space.

Astronomy covers the following concepts:

  • The Earth Moon and Sun System systems including the studies of night and day cycles, lunar phases and eclipses
  • The Universe including the studies of cosmology, origin and fate of the universe
  • Stars including the studies of constellations, temperature and color, and death of a star
  • Galaxies including the studies of the milky way, evolution of galaxies and galaxies in motion
  • Inner Planets including the studies of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars
  • Outer Planets including the studies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their atmospheres
  • The Sun including the studies of the structure of the sun, solar flares, and solar eclipses
  • Comets, Asteroids and Meteors including the studies of where comets, asteroids and meteors come from

* This course requires you to prove your ability to adhere to the expectations of HHSO prior to being enrolled into it. Therefore, coach approval is required.