Astronomy Course Descriptions – Community College of Rhode Island

Astronomy Course Descriptions

ASTR (Astronomy)

ASTR 1010 - The Solar System (4 Credits)

Major topics covered in this course are the historical development of astronomical understanding, concepts of the celestial sphere, the technology of astronomical observations, modern planetary science derived from the space program, small bodies of the solar system and the origin and evolution of the solar system. Evening observing sessions are included as an optional part of the course (clear skies permitting). Note: This course fulfills one lab science requirement for the A.A. Degree. Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours - Lab Fee: $20

ASTR 1020 - The Stellar System (4 Credits)

This course includes the study of the science of analyzing radiation that reaches Earth from extraterrestrial objects; the sun; stellar properties; the life cycles of stars; systems containing more than one star including clusters and galaxies, extraordinary objects such as neutron stars, pulsars, black holes and quasars; and the origin and evolution of the universe. Evening observing sessions are included as an optional part of the course (clear skies permitting). Note: This course fulfills one lab science requirement for A.A. Degree. Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours - Lab Fee: $20

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Last Updated: 4/8/19