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Astro 103 - Evening Star

Course Number: Astro 103

Course Name: Evening Star

Credits: 1 Cr

Instructor: Charles Kerton

Contact information: kerton@iastate.edu

PreReq: None

Associated courses: Astro 102 and Astro 120

Format: This course is entirely online.

General introduction to the course

  • By the end, you should be able to explain to someone else what goes into planning a trip (crewed or uncrewed) to another planet.
  • You should also be able to relate the apparent motions of planets among the stars, and the appearance of Venus in a telescope, to the arrangement of the solar system.
  • You should have an understanding of the different ideas people have had about the arrangement of bodies in the solar system, and what kinds of evidence support our current view.
  • You should understand the phases of the moon and have some basic vocabulary needed to describe the apparent motions of the Sun and planets in the sky. 
  • You should have a rudimentary understanding of the physical principles that underlie planetary motion.