Astronomy--from ancient to modern times. Central theme will be the attempt to understand the nature and origin of our solar system starting with early ideas of the cosmos, proceeding through investigations that led to the scientific revolution of the 17th century and culminating with the observations and discoveries made by the 20th-century space program. Topics will include apparent motions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars; seasons and eclipses; principles of light and telescopes. Films of the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, Galileo, and Pathfinder missions and the latest Hubble images will be included.
This noncredit class meets with a regular University of Utah credit course.