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Take My Free Online College Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy CSUDH Class

Posted by Bruce Betts

04-02-2015 5:00 CST

Topics: spectroscopy, solar system formation, atmospheres, Mercury, space weather, astronomy, the Sun, life, Saturn, near-Earth asteroids, planetary astronomy, Pluto, planetary rings, Venus, Neptune, Earth, the Moon, Planetary Society Video, Mars, impact cratering, Planetary Society, Uranus, Jupiter, ice worlds

Come explore the solar system and the universe with me. I am again teaching my online college level Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class Feb. 4 through May 5, 2015 on Wednesdays at 3:00-4:30pm Pacific Time through California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). You can watch live or watch the archived shows.

Do you like pretty space pictures? Most of my class is spent learning about space by looking at images of planets, moons, galaxies, and so much more. I use the spiffy CSUDH system to allow me to point to things on the images, and occasionally, to draw football plays. The course is light on math, but designed to not only give you a solid introduction to the solar system and beyond, but also to enable you to better enjoy and appreciate future discoveries.

I will try to give you a strong basis for future understanding. We will discuss fundamental knowledge as well as recent space discoveries. The focus will be on our solar system, but towards the end of the class, we will also cover exoplanets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. But, wait, don’t order yet. We’ll also go over easy things for you to observe in the sky, and, of course, a smattering of random space facts. And, I will have lots of stellar guests who will join me for discussions of their research, missions, etc.

Bruce Betts teaching Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy course

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Bruce Betts teaching Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy course
Bruce Betts teaching the Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy course at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

As a CSUDH Young Scholars program class, only California high school and community college students can take the class for credit, but everyone can participate including asking questions during the live classes through the Internet. Also, for all, we will be providing an opportunity if you watch all the classes, to earn a downloadable certificate, and maybe more.

Learn more about the class including information on how to watch, an archive of past classes, the syllabus, the class schedule and reading assignments, and eventually class assignments and tests (optional if you are not enrolled for college credit) on my class page planetary.org/bettsclass.

 
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Comments:

Solarix: 03/30/2016 02:28 CDT

Bruce Betts! I knew I recognized you from somewhere, I remember seeing you on episodes of "The Universe" show on youtube! Can't wait to see what your course this year has to offer, I already took an introductory Astronomy course at York University and passed with a good grade, but I still, would very much enjoy taking yours! All the best. :)

Kim: 06/30/2016 03:17 CDT

Hi Dr. Betts, I recently finished taking your online course from watching the archives and I really enjoyed it. I was hoping to take the Certificate Quiz but can't seem to find it. Has it been taken down

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