ASTR 101L: Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory: Our Place in Space

This unique laboratory course may be taken with ASTR 101, ASTR 102, or by itself. In this course, we will learn how to use robotic telescopes in the Chilean Andes and around the world, and use these telescopes to observe planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, binary and variable stars, supernovae, star-forming regions, star clusters, and galaxies. Through these observations, we will explore the following topics: the seasons, the Galilean revolution, the cosmic distance ladder, the Great Debate, dark matter, Hubble’s Law, and dark energy. For more information, see the Astronomy 101 Lab Orientation.

Corequisite: ASTR 101

Required Materials:

  • Students will be provided with a lab kit upon enrollment.

View a sample course syllabus.

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