Exploring creation through classical and modern astronomy
minimum 5, maximum 16
$50 lab fee/year
Class time: (Meets once/week)
Pre-requisites for class:
1 lab science credit
Do you look at the sky and wonder what is out there? Are you curious about astronomy and don’t know where to start? This class is for you! Together, we will investigate God’s creation and marvel at the endless masterpiece He has created in the skies. Students will learn terms and vocabulary associated with astronomy and will be able to actively participate in thoughtful discussions. This year long science course will meet the requirements of a high school lab science or could meet the requirement of an
Class work will include discussion, investigation, labs, and hands-on activities. Lab reports and study guide questions will be completed at home. In addition, several observations of the night sky will be done at home after dark. Access to the internet is required and students will need to download and use “Stellarium” for multiple assignments. This will be a unique year for Astronomy as we will experience both a solar and lunar eclipse during the school year!
Students will learn both Classical and Modern Astronomy
History of Space
Students will learn about the history of astronomy and astronomers, including what they saw and understood at the time. Included in this study is the history of technology related to astronomy, how this technology works, and the advancements made to bring us to where we are today. Students will be able to describe the changes in the way scientists have viewed our solar system through the years.
Components of Space
Students will study and learn about space, matter and antimatter, cosmic rays, dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and wormholes in addition to many others.
Our Solar System
Not only will students study the sun, planets, and other astronomical objects that reside in our solar system but will expand that study deeper into the galaxy and universe. The study of eclipses and meteor showers will also be included.
Students will study the stars, constellations, and celestial navigation which was a beneficial tool of stargazers. Students will learn how stars are classified, what to look for, and how to successfully use a telescope to locate specific objects in the night sky.
Required Books & Materials
Exploring Creation Through Highschool Astronomy
The required field guide will be sent to students online via email after enrollment is complete.
Reinforced loose leaf notebook paper
Access to internet and printer
Access to Stellarium (app)
No spiral notebooks allowed.
Students will be given a planisphere and other items needed throughout the year.
Classwork / Homework
Homework/time commitment: approximately 2-3 hours per week on reading, homework, and lab reports.