History of Astronomy - Fully Online

Course Code: NATS 1745 A Fully Online 6.0

Instructor's Name: Robin Metcalfe

Course Description:

This course follows the evolution of discoveries and theories about Astronomy from pre-historic times up to the present. We begin by looking at sites like Stonehenge and Newgrange, where we find evidence that the motions of the Sun and stars were understood in prehistoric times. We then look at the astronomical knowledge amassed by ancient civilizations such as the Mayans, Babylonians and Egyptians, followed by the Greek explanations for the cosmos and the beginnings of Astronomy as a science. The first half of the course concludes with the early history of modern astronomy and covers figures like Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. The 2nd half of the course covers discoveries about our solar system, the stars, galaxies and the universe from the 19th century up to the present day. This includes the history of our missions to space, recent discoveries about the birth and evolution of the universe, discoveries of new planets beyond our solar system, and theories about black holes, dark matter and dark energy.

Course Format:

Fully Online (equivalent to six lecture hours per week as this course runs at double speed)

Course Credit Exclusions:


Mathematical Content:

Minimal simple arithmetical calculation at about Grade 10 level.

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