PHYS 1901 T - Planetary Astronomy

Description of the known stellar, galactic and extra-galactic systems together with the instruments used to study them. Modern ideas concerning the structure, origin and evolution of our own planet. Formation of the Moon - Earth system. Study of the planets in our solar system. A 14" telescope is available for student use.Note: Science students may only take this course as a free elective. Precludes additional credit for PHYS 2203.

CRN for section T: 34267

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 34268

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:35pm to 8:55pm, C264 LA

Instructor: David Maybury

David Maybury

About the instructor: Nothing captures the imagination like the cosmos. I've been teaching astronomy for non-science students at Carleton for the last seven years. My background is in high energy with a focus on early universe cosmology. And while I currently work as a scientist for the Department of National Defence, I find sharing my enthusiasm for science with young minds wonderfully rewarding. Thanks to Carleton's observatory, which houses a computer controlled 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, students have the opportunity to view the heavens for themselves every clear night after class. Carl Sagan once said the studying astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. Each year, our students, regardless of their majors, discover this truth for themselves.

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