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This course offers a survey of astronomy designed primarily for non-science students, with a strong emphasis on active learning outside the classroom. It covers the development of astronomy, naked-eye observations of the night sky, modern observational equipment and techniques, the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies, the Hubble expansion, the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, and startling new theories of the origin and destiny of the universe. Students will conduct lab activities involving night-sky observations, as well as introductory experiments in some of the basic physics that astronomers use to explore the cosmos.
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