Class Information for Winter 2020: ASTRONOMY I, Fridays, January 31, February 14, 21 and 28, 1:00-3:00pm,, RH Johnson Lecture Hall (W773
The course begins with the basic science of astronomy and evolution of telescopes to the discovery of the big bang creation of the universe, the development and life cycle of the stars and sun, to their death in supernovas and their remnants as white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars and black holes. The course is highly visual with the use of images from the great ground based and space based telescopes and videos/simulations from NASA, ESA and leading universities. Astronomy II will be offered June 3, 5, 10 and 12. This class will use video from telescopes, interplanetary space probes and advanced simulations the solar system's formation, evolution, its major and minor planets, moons, asteroids and comets will be explored. Going beyond our solar system, nearby stars and their planets, then distant galaxies and galaxy clusters will be explored. Then theories of dark matter and dark energy and the evolution of the universe and possible multiverse will be examined. Finally the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence (SETI) will be explored. Instructor Joseph Aibinder, B.S., M.S., J.D. is a Sun City Festival Resident and Del Webb Scholar. He who served as a Connecticut high school physics and astronomy teacher, a college advanced placement instructor, an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and is a NASA Endeavor Teaching Fellow.