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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ASTR 221. General Astronomy II: Star Systems, the Interstellar Medium, and Cosmology

The second in a two-course sequence in general astronomy intended for students interested in science. Topics covered include: stellar evolution; variability and high-energy phenomena in stars and multiple-star systems; content, structure, and dynamics of the Milky Way; external galaxies, quasars, and AGN; large-scale structure and distance scale of the universe; the Big Bang model and alternative cosmologies, possible geometries and eventual fates of the universe. An observational astronomy laboratory component is part of the course. The lab component will cover basics of telescope set up and operation as well as astronomical coordinate systems. ASTR 220  is the prerequisite.