"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody
discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will
instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and
inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already
-- Douglas Adams
Astro 250 is a second course in astronomy designed for non-science
majors (though scientific types are welcome). We explore the more bizarre
objects and events of the Universe in more detail than is possible in Astro
120 or 150, using lectures, videos, computer exercises, in-class activities,
professional laboratory visits, etc. Explore the links in this page! The
information here is designed for those in the class, but others might find
some fun things too.
Here is the official ISU course catalog entry
The course meets on MWF at 2:10 in Physics 38, and is taught by
Final grades have been posted on Bb Learn
Be sure not to miss the Transit of Venus on June 5.
Your next chance to see one if you miss this is in 105 years!
Thanks for a great semester, and have a wonderful summer!
If you are doing SETILive or Planethunters.org, please hand in a
screenshot of your profile page (showing the number of classifications you
have done). Also, a 1 page writeup with your impressions of the exercies and
your opinion of the value of the exercise (to you, to the scientists, and to
the public) is required.
Some of the background work you will do will not be reading, but will be
listening to (and occasionally watching) programs that are either streamed
on the internet or available as downloads or podcasts. You'll need a way
to listen to mp3 files... an iPod perhaps?
Here are a few of the sites / radio / podcast sources we'll be using: