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FIF 238 Astronomy and Astrophysics: Planets, Stars and Stellar Evolution

Course Description

The suggestion that we are all made of stardust sounds like a line from a poem but there is some solid science behind this statement. From the most basic materials provided to us by the Big Bang, to the atomic elements given to us via stellar supernova, all the way up to the complex molecules that make up biology, the processes studied by astrophysicists worldwide give us valuable information that takes us ever closer to understanding our own origins as well as the origins of the universe at large. Topics covered include the solar system, planets, stars, constellations, telescopes and observatories, star formations and supernova, and life on other planets.


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