The Solar System is our local neighborhood in space, comprising our closest star, the Sun, and the matter that surrounds it. This environment provides rich and diverse source material for a seminar on fundamental astronomical concepts like motion, collisions, and scientific investigation. Using the extensive resources available through the Museum, the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Museum's partners at NASA, the course will explore a series of questions: How did the Solar System form? What can we tell by looking at the surface of solar system bodies? What is an atmosphere, and how do those of different planets vary? Each week will focus on a different scientific project (such as Venus Express and the Mars rovers) to reinforce the essential concept of science as an ongoing search for better understanding of the universe.
*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.