Class Overview

Did you know that almost every star you see in the night sky is thought have at least one planet?Exploring the Planets - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Scientists estimate that the Milky Way Galaxy is home to one trillion planets.

In this class, use what Carl Sagan called the “spaceship of our imagination,” and explore what is known, and unknown, about space.

Review the exploration of the planets in our solar system and go a little deeper in your understanding, whether its been since elementary school since you've studied planets or you've been keeping up with scientific journals.

Become familiar with some of the 4,000 planets that have been discovered around other stars and get to know the wild variety of planets in our galactic neighborhood.

Learn about some of the people who are exploring and conducting their science in space.

This course is part of our Senior Series, courses designed for older students and offered during the daytime on diverse topics.


Learning Outcomes

• Participate in learning about our universe
• Engage in a personal exploration of the planets of our solar system, as well as those of
neighboring stars
• Appreciate how the science of geology was adapted to planetary science
• Ability to critically evaluate media reports on space exploration

Who Should Take This Class?

Everyone who is curious about the universe and our place in it

Anyone who would like to critically read reports about planetary exploration and possibly
participate in citizen science.

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6235
  • Instructor: Ron Hobbs
  • When: 8 Wednesdays; 9/25/2019-11/20/2019; 10:30 AM-Noon
  • Total Number of Hours: 12
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building - Room 1139B; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $89
  • Additional Notes: No class on 10/30