Cerro Coso Community College

Explore the Universe

Explore the Universe

Get up to date on the most recent astronomical discoveries this fall at Cerro Coso Community College. Students will explore the science behind the latest astronomy news, enrich their understanding of the universe, and glimpse the future of this exciting subject.

PHSC 125 - Astronomy, will meet with instructor Scott Cameron on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:10 to 6:35 p.m. and the lab portion will be held on Thursdays from 6:45 to 9:55 p.m.

This lecture and laboratory course is a general survey of the physical universe from the standpoint of modern astronomy. The course will introduce the methods and a tool used in astronomy, and then apply them to investigate the many scales of physical structure and phenomena in the universe. Topics covered include Solar System scale objects, such as planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids; stellar scale objects, such as stars, star clusters, and nebulae; galactic scale objects, such as galaxies and galaxy clusters; and finally the entire universe itself.

The laboratory portion of the course covers optical principles, the use of telescopes and binoculars, the use of start charts and sky simulation software, and the observation of celestial objects and phenomena.

The beauty of the universe is not limited to what is immediately visible to the eyes. Deep space objects, seen through the largest of telescopes, are candidates from some of the most beautiful things ever seen by human eyes. Astronomy has revolutionized our understanding of nature, find out why it continues to do so.

Fall registration is currently underway at Cerro Coso Community College. Call a counselor today at 760-384-6260. Class and registration information is available on the web at www.cerrocoso.edu.

In astronomy, the universe is the laboratory! Fall classes begin August 23, 2014.

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