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See the planets and stars up close by taking astronomy

 

July 7, 2014 — What: Astronomy I (NAS 131)

 

Taylor Zimmerman and Professor David Wright demonstrate Newton’s third law.
Taylor Zimmerman and Professor David Wright demonstrate Newton’s third law.
Wright with student Brandon Patzer.
Wright with student Brandon Patzer.

 

Inside the classroom: Learn about the history of astronomy and its recent developments. Study and observe the solar system, stars and galaxies, and take advantage of extra-credit assignments that include a 4 a.m. viewing of the sky. Students also spend plenty of time in the planetarium, where 2-D concepts become 3-D wonders. Bonus: You might get to take a spin on the hovercraft.

Rachel Edgerton takes a spin on the hovercraft.
Rachel Edgerton takes a spin on the hovercraft.
Wright regularly uses TCC’s observatory for daytime and nighttime viewings of the sky.
Wright regularly uses TCC’s observatory for daytime and nighttime viewings of the sky.

 

Student voice on taking Astronomy with Professor David Wright: “He makes it entertaining. He makes showing up to class worth it. His passion for teaching is obvious. He’s like the cool grandpa. He lets you do things your mom would never let you do!” – Shannon Gorell

Wright’s students take a peek at the sun’s spots on a clear afternoon.
Wright’s students take a peek at the sun’s spots on a clear afternoon.
Wright’s students take a peek at the sun’s spots on a clear afternoon.
Wright’s students take a peek at the sun’s spots on a clear afternoon.

Why this class sizzles: “I love the involvement of the students. We’re actually looking at the stars and the planets using the planetarium and the observatory. That’s a lot more fun than just being in a lecture.” – Professor David Wright