Revolve around the Milky Way and classify stars. Illuminate stellar lifecycles from the birth of dazzling white dwarfs to fading red giants. Get deeply topical. Discuss dark matter and raise awareness of modern theory. Map out an astronomical topic.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
appreciate and understand the way stars are classified and the approaches used to discover their properties
understand the principles involved in the life cycle of stars, from protostar to stellar remnants
communicate the basic principles and concepts about our Galaxy and its constituents (stars, protostars, stellar remnants, gas clouds, dark matter) in a non-technical way understandable to the wider public
perceive the limits of our understanding of our place in the Galaxy, including an awareness of the place of dark matter in modern astronomical theories
research an astronomy topic in depth, using dependable sources of astronomical information on the internet.