Observing the Night Sky: Course Description

Astronomy 221 is a laboratory for academic students with interest in "hands-on" astronomy (SE students are encouraged to take the more quantitative Astr 230 laboratory). Students will learn how to set up and used small telescopes and experience the excitement of observing various types of astronomical objects. It is a relatively qualitative laboratory (no calculus or advanced computer skills required) intended for students who wish to learn astronomy by going out into "the dark night sky" to observe. The class will also introduce students to software that simulates the appearance of the night sky. Weekly lectures will cover fundamental astronomical topics related to the observations.