Explore black holes, supernovae, and the possibility of other life in the Universe! This learning exam will help you master the basics of astronomy, one of the oldest sciences practiced by humankind.
Explore black holes, massive supernovae, and the possibility of other life in the Universe!
This learning exam will help you understand the basics of astronomy, one of the oldest sciences practiced by humankind. It is suitable for both those who are pursuing a degree in astronomy as well as anyone with an interest in the beauty and mystery of the cosmos. The exam will follow the structure of the textbook The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium 4th Edition by Jay Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko, but will cover most, if not all, of the material you need to know for a basic level astronomy course. A solid grasp of the fundamental ideas of physics is very helpful but not necessary. Questions will be either multiple choice, short answer, or fill-in-the-blanks.
Exam Topic Structure:
1. An Introduction to Astronomy
2. Light, Matter, and Energy
4. Observing Celestial Bodies
5. The History of Astronomy
6. The Terrestrial Planets
7. The Jovian Planets
8. Dwarf Planets, Comets, and Space Debris
9. Our Solar System
10. Our Sun
12. Nuclear Fusion in Stars
13. The Death of Stars
14. Black Holes
15. The Milky Way
19. The Beginning of the Universe
20. Is There Other Life in the Universe?
Title image courtesy of the Hubble Telescope