Course title

SCI227/228 ? Astronomy



Course description

The Solar System

The Lives and Deaths of Stars

Galaxies and Cosmology

  • History of Astronomy
  • Measurements in Astronomy
  • Space Exploration
    • o Rocketry (if time allows)
  • Constellations
  • Formation of the Solar System
  • Planets and Moons
  • Comets and Asteroids
  • Dwarf Planets and Beyond

  • Characteristics of Stars
  • EmissioN/Absorption Spectra
  • Concepts of Fusion Reactions
  • Stellar Parallax
  • Stellar Nurseries
  • Star Clusters
  • Main Sequence Evolution
  • Post Main Sequence Results
    • Neutron Stars
    • Black Holes
    • Supernovae

  • Galaxy Morphology
  • The Local Group
  • Galactic Collisions
  • The Big Bang and the CMB
  • The Doppler Effect
  • Hubble?s Law
  • Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  • As time allows: special topics and current events in astronomy and astrophysics

Above are our major units of study. The special topics this year included astrobiology; light pollution; JWST; Perseverance Rover; Artemis; and Event Horizon Telescope. They include topics from biology (example - exoplanetary research; astrobiology; habitable zones); space science/astronomy (whole class); earth science (example - earth's composition; the earth/moon system; aurora); physics (example - gravitation; EM waves; rocket science); chemistry (example - spectroscopy; EM waves); and environmental science (light pollution; effects of light pollution on flora and fauna).

School country

United States

School state


School city


High school

Skyline High School

School / district Address

1122 228th Ave SE

School zip code


Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • LPHY
  • Physics

Approved date

Online / Virtual