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The Evolution of the Universe: From the Big Bang to the Death of Galaxies

Unravel the greatest mysteries of the universe in this introductory astronomy course. Track the universe’s development, from the Big Bang to the early creation of light matter and the formation of large gas galaxies and their stars and planets. Topics to be discussed include the evolution of the stars to produce heavy elements within their interior; the explosion of massive stars, known as supernovae; and the production of black holes, white dwarfs, and “fading” stars. Gain an introduction to basic principles of astronomy, including telescopes, interferometers, satellites, and light in all its many forms. Also, examine natural forces such as gravity, electric forces, magnetic forces, and nuclear forces. Lectures and short films will make these complex topics accessible. No previous knowledge of astronomy, physics, or mathematics is needed.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the evolution of the universe across eons
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of astronomy

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • Students without much prior knowledge of astronomy, physics, or math
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