Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

When civilization was young, Seneca wrote, “A single lifetime, even entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject. Our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them.” We will work to understand what he and the ancients knew about the night sky, and the ingenious methods by which they came to know it, and trace the history of astronomy through the modern day. Indeed, modern astronomy abounds with strange alien worlds and exotic events that would have amazed that great classical thinker: Stars and the tantalizing planets that journey with them through the galaxies, which smash into one another over millions of years. And when they die in great explosions, stars create exotic pulsars, black holes, nebulae, and people. And somehow all of this started at the single moment of the Big Bang. What will be so plain to our descendants that would amaze us today? Will they have contacted alien intelligence? Traveled in time? Learned the fate of the universe?

Students may not receive credit for both ASTRO 1105 and ASTRO 1107.


High school physics recommended.


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Previously offered classes

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:ASTRO 1105 001-LEC
Class dates:June 22-August 4, 2020
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Asynchronous distance learning
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:ASTRO 1105 201-DIS
Related:Co-offered with : ASTRO 1107 001-LEC

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:ASTRO 1105 201-DIS
Class dates:June 22-August 4, 2020
Due date:TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Online learning
Grade:Student option
Max. enroll:25
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in ASTRO 1105 001-LEC
Related:Co-offered with : ASTRO 1107 201-DIS
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.