Astro 102: Stars, Galaxies, & Cosmology

In Astronomy 102: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology, we explore the following topics in nine lessons:

  • The sun
  • Stellar observables
  • Star birth, evolution, and death
  • Novae and supernovae
  • White dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes
  • Einstein’s theory of relativity
  • The Milky Way galaxy
  • Normal galaxies, active galaxies, and quasars
  • Dark matter and dark energy
  • Cosmology
  • The early universe

Each lesson features video lectures by Prof. Reichart, organized into a single playlist here.  If you are taking Astronomy 102: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology without completing the assignments for a certificate, you can proceed to the video lectures now.

If you are taking Astronomy 102: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology for a certificate, you first need to register with WebAssign, a benefit corporation with whom we have partnered to produce and administer our interactive assignments, as well as to package these with supplementary materials.  Although not required, the following textbook is also recommended.

The course is self-paced.  WebAssign automatically grades each question as you answer it, and offers an explanation of the correct answer.  Answer 50% of the questions correctly and receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.  Answer 75% correctly and receive a Certificate of Mastery.

To enroll, click here!


Educators:  If you are interested in using this course, or components of it, at your institution, click here, or email us at introastro at unc dot edu.

Note:  Astronomy 101: The Solar System should be taken before Astronomy 102: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology.