NEW! Gazing into the Heavens: Introduction to Astronomy

NEW! Gazing into the Heavens: Introduction to Astronomy
6 sessions, 12 hours

From the earliest days of mankind, human beings have gazed at the heavens and wondered what they were seeing. Galileo and his first telescopes were the game changers. Ever since then, our instruments have gotten better; our knowledge has grown to the point where we can see objects and phenomena that nobody would have dreamed of as recently as 50 years ago. Part 1 of this course examines the history of Astronomy and begins with a detailed investigation of our local neighborhood, the Solar System. Stunning visuals supplement the details of our closest and best-known region of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Subsequent parts to this course will examine other phenomena, such as other Galaxies, Supernovae, Black Holes, Einstein’s relativity, curved four-dimensional Spacetime and our search for extraterrestrial life among many others.

Instructor: ILR’s space cowboy, Robert (Bob) Rubock, MS, has taught physics, astronomy and engineering at FCC. An engineer by profession, he holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic and an MS from the University of Connecticut. Bob has been fascinated by astronomy and physics since childhood and was inspired by the first photos from the Hubble Telescope. In Bob’s words: “I love this stuff!”

ILR320 Gazing into the Heavens: Introduction to Astronomy
4-Digit Number:  5651
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 9/25/17 – 10/30/17 Location:  Conference Center (E Building)  /E106
Tuition: $40  Fee: $79  Total:  $119
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.



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