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Bruce BettsFebruary 4, 2015

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

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.

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

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

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