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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions A Astronomy ASTR
Astronomy ASTR

For more information about these courses contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy science.ucalgary.ca/physics-astronomy.

Note: For listings of related courses, see Astrophysics, Physics, Medical Physics, and Space Physics.

Junior Courses
Astronomy 207       Introduction to Astronomy I - The Solar System
A comprehensive, descriptive overview of the solar system covering how ideas have changed from ancient times to today. The latest discoveries. The electromagnetic spectrum; telescopes and detectors; laws of planetary motion; planets, asteroids, comets, and the Sun. Formation of the solar system. Extra-solar planets and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Possible field trip to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Astronomy 207 and any of Astronomy 205, Astrophysics 213 or 305 will not be allowed. Physics Majors, Astrophysics Majors, Natural Sciences Physics Concentrators and Environmental Science Physics Concentrators are not permitted to register in this course. 
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Astronomy 209       Introduction to Astronomy II - The Cosmos
A comprehensive, descriptive overview of the universe outside the solar system. The electromagnetic spectrum; stellar spectra; distance determinations. Origin and evolution of stars; white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. The interstellar medium. Dark matter. Galaxies and quasars. The Big Bang. The fate of the universe. Possible field trip to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Astronomy 209 and either of Astronomy 205 or Astrophysics 213 will not be allowed. Physics Majors, Astrophysics Majors, Natural Sciences Physics Concentrators and Environmental Science Physics Concentrators are not permitted to register in this course.
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