Since ancient times, humankind has gazed up at the night sky and wondered. This on-line course introduces students to astronomy in order to understand the formation, evolution, physical properties and current theories of the universe as we know it. Topics explored include: the Big Bang Theory, physics of light and matter, planets of our solar system including results of spacecraft explorations, the Milky Way and other galaxies, key constellations, life and death of stars, supernovae, pulsars, black holes, quasars, exoplanets and dark matter. Students will analyze astronomy photos and explain interesting astronomical phenomena. Various indigenous and cultural perspectives about the universe and our place within it are also offered as a complement to the scientific worldview. This course is mainly descriptive, taught at a qualitative level with an emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. It is designed as a general education course for anyone with an interest in astronomy
Please note: This course is offered through OntarioLearn. To review important information such as textbook, exam and grade information, visit the OntarioLearn Information web page.
If you are pursuing a diploma or advanced diploma, contact Jen Matthews at 519-748-5220 ext. 3265, prior to registering to ensure that your selection is eligible for your program.
Have you taken this course or an equivalent course? Contact the Credit Transfer Office.
Not all courses are offered each term.Winter 2023 registration opens November 28, 2023. Spring 2023 registration opens February 27, 2023.
In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration
Online - Asynchronous: 100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion
Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements
Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery