Honors Course: ASTR 1404 – Solar System Astronomy

“Life in the Universe”

This honors course deals with the age-old question “are we alone in the Universe”? It is an astronomy course that focuses on the scientific exploration of the cosmos and the search for extraterrestrial life. It will also include discussions on the most recent discoveries of new exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars than the Sun) and the latest progress in biology and space exploration (e.g. missions to Mars). We will also talk about SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The lab portion of the course will provide “hands-on” experience for the students by performing astronomical observations using the telescopes at the RRC campus observing deck.