University of Calgary

ASTR 205 - The Modern Universe - Fall 2017

A comprehensive, descriptive survey of modern astronomy which focuses on the development of our present views of the universe. Topics include: solar system exploration by telescope and spacecraft; the birth and death of stars; the violent interstellar medium; the milky way and other galaxies; cosmic rays, pulsars and supernovae; the concept of a black hole; exploding galaxies and quasars; the beginning and end of the universe; the possibilities of extraterrestrial life and interstellar communication. The opportunity for a field trip to the observatory will be provided. This course is not recommended for physical science majors.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-1)


  • Not open to students with credit in Astronomy 211.


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