10 Months





Course Summary

In this course, students journey through the universe on a stellar exploration through space and time. They discover ancient astronomy and the instruments used to investigate the properties and motion of celestial objects. They also examine the different characteristics of each planet in our solar system, including atmospheric conditions, moons, and rings. Students learn about stellar properties based on starlight and the life cycle of stars and explore the far reaches of our universe by studying galaxies and the clues they leave us about the early universe. Lastly, they learn about cosmology, including theories and concepts about our early universe, and its possible fate. Some mathematical applications will be applied at various times. This course is recommended for 11th and 12th-grade students


Semester One:

  • Origin of Astronomy
  • Distinguish between science and pseudoscience
  • Laws and theories in astronomy
  • Measuring astronomical distances
  • Telescopes and other astronomical tools
  • Astronomers and their contributions to astronomy
  • Locating planets and constellations
  • Discoveries in space history
  • Formation of the solar system
  • Gravitational influence on the position of the planets
  • Planetary motion and properties
  • Surface features of terrestrial planets and gas planets
  • The habitable zone
  • Atmospheric conditions and magnetic fields
  • Cyclic changes of the Earth and Moon
  • Rotation and revolution of the planets, Sun, and moon
  • Earth, Moon, Sun system
  • Application of planetary laws
  • Moons of the planets in the solar system
  • Colonizing space

Semester Two:

  • Stellar properties and classifications
  • Features of waves
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Blackbody radiation
  • Characteristics of the Sun
  • Measuring stellar distances
  • The life cycle of a star
  • Doppler effect
  • The Milky Way
  • Classification of galaxies
  • Properties of galaxies
  • Black holes
  • Galactic origins
  • Dark matter
  • Relativity
  • Cosmology
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Hubble law
  • The early universe
  • Fundamental forces of the universe
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