An intermediate-level course for late fall 2022.
Wednesdays via Zoom, 7 PM EDT/EST Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14.
Note: 7 sessions. However, tuition remains $75 for AAA members.
This is a preliminary announcement.
Course details and registration will be posted and emailed in late September.
New star surrounded by its protoplanetary disc.
We begin with the physics and parameters underlying the orbits of planets around any star. Then we examine parameters that determine the major characteristics of a planet followed by a tour of Solar System planets. What processes occur during the formation of a planet and once it has formed that differentiate and set its features? We end with the on-going search for exoplanets around stars and considerations about alien life on them. Latest Gaia satellite and James Webb telescope findings are infused.
Instructors: David Kiefer and Matthias Schmidt. David teaches astronomy at Brooklyn College and is Chair of the AAA Classes Committee. Matthias is an Astronomy Park Ranger and Night Sky tour leader in Utah and has taught our Astronomy 101/102 and Stellarium classes.