Entering Grades 9-12 – Students in this class will learn how astronomers apply tools and concepts from science, math and technology to investigate the universe. Students will measure the brightness, color, temperature, composition, size and distance of objects like stars, galaxies, planets, and moons. Students will make these measurements relying on real data from a variety of telescopes. Students will use image processing software to display and explore real astronomical images in the same way that professional astronomers do, modeling the kinds of processes and discoveries that truly advance science. Students will use a remote telescope to capture changes in a star’s brightness to determine whether the star has an exoplanet orbiting it and, if so, the planet’s size and distance from the parent star.
Students should have taken a high school algebra class, and have some familiarity with geometric and trigonometric principles prior to enrolling in the course.
Please note: Some class activities for this class may require a laptop or desktop computer, and a couple of activities require a working printer.