The astronomy study group will be led by Tim Early, a NASA engineer with a lifelong interest in astronomy. Students will be learning about the heavens that God made and how to observe the various objects in the night sky. The study group will be using an eclectic mix of curricula and living books to enrich their direct study of the heavens.
Week 1: Earth’s Rotation, Day and Night
Week 2: The Reason for Seasons
Week 3: Ptolemy and the Greek Astronomers
Week 4: Observing the Moon: Facts and Phases
Week 5: Observing the Surface of the Moon, Lunar Eclipses
Week 6: Earth-centered and Sun-centered Models of the Universe
Week 7: Brahe’s and Galileo’s Observations
Week 8: Kepler and Newton, Laws of Planetary Motion
Week 9: Gravity
Week 10: The Solar System
Week 11: Mercury and Venus
Week 12: Mars and the Asteroid Belt
Week 13: Jupiter and Saturn
Week 14: Uranus and Neptune
Week 15: What Happened to Pluto?
Week 16: What Is a Star?
Week 18: Light Waves and Forms
Week 20: Light and Energy
Week 20: The Milky Way Galaxy
Week 21: Constellations
Week 22: More Constellations
Week 23: Novae and Super-Novae
Week 24: Black Holes, Quasar, and Other Fancy Stuff
Week 25: Using Eyes, Binoculars and a Telescope to Observe the Heavens
Week 26: The Big Bang and the Expanding Universe
Week 27: The Scale of the Universe
Week 28: What Does It All Mean?
Week 29: Review and Observations
Week 30: Presentations
Week 31: Presentations
Week 32: Star Party
This syllabus is not yet firm. Tim will be making some changes and additions to it over the summer. Students will probably not be required to purchase a textbook for this study group. However, the assignments and the work required will, if completed, be adequate for a parent to assign high school science credit for this class. Students must be at least twelve years old by the first of September to participate in this study group.