Welcome to

AST 101

Astronomy of the Solar System

Fall 2017

 

Professor Philip Harrington

Welcome to the AST 101, Astronomy of the Solar System Home Page.  AST 101 will introduce students to the methods of astronomy and will lead all through a tour of the solar system, the collection of bodies that circles our star, the Sun.  We will learn about the peculiarities and the similarities of the members of our solar system, and become familiar with some of the speculation about its origins.  (For a nice web tour of the solar system, check out The Eight Nine Planets web site at the University of Arizona.)

On this web site, you will find the course syllabus and schedule, lab schedule, homework assignments and lab assignments as they are assigned, as well as a long list of links that students may find valuable as we travel through our solar system together during the semester.

Note: 

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