Class Overview

One hundred years ago, astronomers discovered the true shape and size of our home galaxy.

Exploring the Planets - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

A few years later, we discovered that our galaxy is one of trillions in an expanding universe.

Enjoy a seminar style class exploring the foundations of astronomy as well as recent discoveries.

You will be encouraged to suggest topics that interest you to explore.

No prior knowledge is required.

Suggested reading:
Grinspoon, David. Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future. Grand Central Publishing; 2016.
Tyson, Neil deGrasse. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. W.W. Norton & Co.; 2017

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: 6407
  • Instructor: Ron Hobbs
  • When: 8 Wednesdays; 1/29-3/18; 10:30 AM-Noon
  • Total Number of Hours: 12
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building - Room 1139B; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $89