1.0 Credit

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and apply knowledge of the universe and compare the conditions, properties, and motions of bodies in space. Emphasis shall be placed on concepts basic to Earth, including materials, processes, history, and the environment.
This course introduces you to the composition and structure of the universe. Astronomy is the scientific study of the contents of the entire Universe. This course will provide the student with a study of the universe and the conditions, properties, and motions of bodies in space. The content includes, but is not limited to, historical astronomy, astronomical instruments, the celestial sphere, the solar system, the earth as a system in space, the earth/moon system, the sun as a star, and stars.

Materials needed for class:

You will be completing all work online, however, you will be required to complete all readings and submit all assignments throughout the course.

Grading System:

A-100%-90%, B-89%-80%, C-79%-70%, D-69%-60%, F-Below 60%


Your final grade will be comprised of Exams, Quizzes, Activities and Projects that we will be completing throughout the course online.

In order to receive the best grade possible and to obtain all requirements for the course, please follow the steps listed below:
• Complete each lesson, in order, as they are presented.
• Read the lesson and view any additional material the teacher provides (videos, links, etc.).
• Complete each assignment, as they appear, within the lesson. Do not skip assignments. This includes any essays, worksheets, projects, or lab activities.
• After reading all material for the lesson and obtaining a completed status on all work, proceed to the lesson’s quiz.
• Finally, upon finishing the entire course and completing all assignments, projects, essays, labs, quizzes, etc., take and submit the course survey.


Quizzes will be given after each Lesson is completed. There is no time limit on completing each lesson, however, you cannot continue to the next lesson until you have completed the Quiz for that lesson. The quiz will cover concepts that were presented in that lesson.


1- Welcome To Astronomy
1- Introduction
2- Course Description
3- Course Links
4- Understanding Plagiarism
5- MLA Formatting
6- MLA Formatting MSWord
7- MLA Documentation
8- MLA Citation
9- MLA Incorporating Sources

2- The Nature of Science
1- What is Science?
2- Scientific Methodology
Handout: Inference and Observation
Assignment: Inference and Observation
3- Graphing Data
4- Types of Graphs
Handout: Graphs
Assignment: Graphs
5- The Application of Science
Quiz: The Nature of Science

3- Astronomy’s Place in Science
1- Measuring Astronomical Distances
Handout: Measuring Astronomical Distances
Assignment: Measuring Astronomical Distances
2- 4 States of Matter
Handout: States of Matter
Assignment: States of Matter
3- Atomic Theory
4- Energy and Nuclear Reactions
5- Heat Transfer
Handout: Heat Transfer
Assignment: Heat Transfer
Quiz: Astronomy’s Place in Science

4- Astronomy on Earth
1- The Celestial Sphere
Assignment: Creating a Celestial Sphere
2- Latitude and Longitude
Handout: Latitude and Longitude
Assignment: Latitude and Longitude
3- Path of the Sun
Handout: Path of the Sun
Assignment: Path of the Sun
4- Seasons of the Year
5- Coordinates
6- Time
Handout: Seasons, Coordinates, and Time
Assignment: Seasons, Coordinates, and Time
Quiz: Astronomy on Earth

5- Motion of the Planets
1- Laws of Planetary Motion: Kepler
2- Laws of Motion and Gravity: Newton
Assignment: Planetary Motion Virtual Lab
Quiz: Motion of the Planets

6- Waves and Electromagnetism
1- Spectroscopy and EM Spectrum
2- Electric and Magnetic Fields
3- Light
Essay: Do You See What I See?
4- Spectral Signatures
Quiz: Waves and Electromagnetism

7- Observational Tools
1- Types of Telescopes
2- Lens and Mirror Equations
3- Uses of Telescopes
4- Development of the Telescope
Handout: Telescopes
Assignment: Telescopes
Quiz: Observational Tools

8- Mid-Term Exam
Quiz: Astronomy Mid-Term Exam

9- The Universe
1- The Big Bang Theory
Handout: Hubble’s Expanding Universe
Assignment: Hubble’s Expanding Universe
2- Matter in the Universe
3- The Universe
Essay: The Life Cycle of the Universe
Quiz: The Universe

10- Galaxies
1- What is a Galaxy?
Handout: Classifying Galaxies
Assignment: Classifying Galaxies
2- The Milky Way
Handout: The Milky Way
Assignment: The Milky Way
Quiz: Galaxies

11- Stars
1- What is a Star?
2- Stellar Evolution
Handout: Stellar Evolution Life Cycle
Assignment: Stellar Evolution Life Cycle
3- Stellar Remnants
Essay: Stellar Remnants
4- The Sun
Handout: The Sun
Assignment: The Sun
5- Constellations
Handout: Constellations
Assignment: Constellations
6- Notable Constellations and Stars
Quiz: Stars

12- Solar Systems
1- Our Solar System
2- Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets
Handout: Asteroids
Handout: Comets
Handout: Asteroid, Meteor, Comet?
Assignment: Asteroids
Assignment: Comets
Assignment: Asteroid, Meteor, Comet?
Quiz: Solar Systems

13- Planets
1- What is a Planet?
Handout: What is a Planet?
Assignment: What is a Planet?
2- Planet Properties
Assignment: Planet Properties
3- The Terrestrial Planets
4- The Jovian Planets
5- Satellites
Handout: Satellites
Assignment: Satellites
Quiz: Planets

14- Space Exploration
1- The Rocket
Assignment: Timeline of the Rocket
2- Spacecraft
Handout: Spacecraft
Assignment: Spacecraft
3- Moon Exploration
Essay: Moon Exploration
4- Future of Space Exploration
Handout: Future of Space Exploration
Assignment: Future of Space Exploration
Quiz: Space Exploration

15- Final Exam
Quiz: Astronomy Final Exam

16- End of Course Survey
Handout: End of Course Evaluation
Assignment: End of Course Evalution