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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Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
Identify the way stars are classified and recognise the approaches used to discover their properties
Explain and summarise the principles involved in the life cycle of stars, from protostar to stellar remnants
Appraise and state 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
Judge the limits of our understanding of our place in the Galaxy, and interpret the role of dark matter in modern astronomical theories
Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in stellar astronomy
Design and create an essay on an astronomy topic, assessing and critiquing current knowledge, using credible sources of astronomical information and research articles