Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy

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Overview

An introduction to modern astronomy's most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe.

Syllabus

Are we alone in the Universe?
-Planets and Life in The Universe - Exoplanets searches, exoplanet census, astrobiology

How do Stars Evolve and Die?
-The Life of Stars - Star formation, fusion and stellar middle age, black holes and stellar death-

What Exists Outside our Galaxy?
-Galaxies and Their Environments - Galaxy types, Active Galactic Nuclei, Clusters of Clusters of Galaxies

What is the Fate of the Universe?
-The History of The Universe - Why the Big Bang? A History of Time, What Happened Before the Big Bang

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