Being at Home in the Universe of Galaxies


Class Overview

One hundred years ago, astronomers first discovered the shape and size of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. A few years later, we discovered that our galaxy is one of trillions in an expanding universe. Explore the foundations of astronomy along with recent discoveries in this fascinating and engaging class.

As humanity continues to learn how to understand its place in this awesome universe, you can be a part of it. Gain some basic knowledge, and learn how to read news and scientific reports on new discoveries. Enjoy guidance from a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Discover more about our small corner of the universe and how you can participate as a citizen scientist!


Learning Objectives

  • Participate in the excitement of discovery in our small corner of the universe
  • Critically read news and scientific reports on new discoveries in the space sciences
  • Discover opportunities to participate as citizen scientists and educated public citizens in the on-going exploration.


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

  • Anyone who is curious about the universe and our place in it
  • No prior knowledge or experience needed!


Textbook Needed

A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman, Lindy Elkins-Tanton, ISBN: 978-0-06-308690-6. You can find the book online or possibly at your favorite bookstore.    


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