NAT161 - Astronomy: Explore the Night Sky

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Subject Title
Astronomy: Explore the Night Sky

Subject Description
The night sky has been a source of fascination for people of all ages for millennia.  This introductory subject provides the basic tools for locating, viewing and understanding the nature of many fascinating celestial objects including the moon, planets, and stars as well as transient phenomena such as comets and meteor showers. Students will develop a true understanding of the "Big Bang" theory. The course also includes discussions of the features, use and selection of telescopes and binoculars to help individuals consider which is best suited for their interests. 

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Identify and locate bright planets visible in the night sky.
  • Recognize basic constellations in the local night sky.
  • Explain in verbal and written form current understanding of celestial phenomena and events in the night sky.
  • Explain the effect of Space Weather on the Earth, on astronauts and the solar system.
  • Demonstrate successful use of a telescope by pointing, focusing and operating.
  • Categorize the life and death stages of stars. 
  • Criticize the demotion of Pluto.
  • Differentiate between Astronomy and Astrology.
  • Appraise astronomy falsehoods in popular movies and TV.
  • Predict exciting night sky events such as meteor showers, comets and satellite passes.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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