Course Description

This course provides an overview of the solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Students will learn about the formation and evolution of the solar system and the characteristics and properties of each celestial body. Topics may include planetary atmospheres, geology, and searching for extraterrestrial life. This course covers the fundamentals of the celestial sphere and the equinoctial system of coordinates. Students will learn about the principles and concepts underlying these systems and their practical applications in astronomy and related fields. Topics covered include celestial navigation, star charts, and using celestial coordinates to locate and track celestial objects. Students will gain a solid understanding of these critical astronomical tools through lectures, readings, and hands-on exercises. This course covers the concept of the hour angle in astronomy, including its definition, calculation, and applications. Students will learn how to use an hour angle to determine the position of celestial objects in the sky and to track their motion over time. The course will also explore the historical development of the hour angle and its significance in navigation and timekeeping. This course covers the principles and applications of daily motion and the horizontal system of coordinates. Students will learn how to analyse and interpret the movement of celestial bodies about the Earth’s rotation and the use of horizontal coordinates to locate objects in the sky. This course covers the concepts of time and the equation of time. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the subject matter. Students will review key concepts and principles in a broad range of topics.

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