Astronomy Research Course Objectives


Overarching Course Objectives


  1. Conduct and communicate a short as well as a more sustained research projects to answer a question(s) including a self -generated question on Astronomy topics.
    1. Narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

  1. Interpret and create physical, mathematical, and computer models.
  2. Construct Explanations and Design Solutions
  3. Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  4. Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
  5. Obtain, Evaluate, and Communicate Information
  6. Present content in diverse formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally)
    1. In order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.


1st Quarter - Dynamics of Astronomy


  1. Characterize the systematic gathering of information through various forms of direct and indirect observations and the testing of this information by methods including, but not limited to, experimentation.
    1. Make observation and identify patterns using tools of Astronomy to make claims.
    2. Use mathematical computations to explain theories and astronomical concepts.
    3. Identify and justify how evidence supports claim. (Reasoning)

  1. Trace the development of astronomy through tools, theories, practical applications, historical figures, misconceptions, and relevance from the past to the present.
  2. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question).
    1. Narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.


2nd Quarter - Structure of the Universe


  1. Describe and cite evidence for the formation and structure of the Universe; from its earliest beginnings through the ages.
  2. Trace the evolution of the formation of the galaxies, stars and planets, and describe the evidence that supports that evolution.
  3. Describe the current theory of the formation and evolution of the Solar system and the Earth within it.
  4. Explain the role of modern technology in the investigation of astronomical phenomena.
  5. Investigate how the electromagnetic spectrum is advancing our understanding of the universe.
  6. Investigate the basic facts, principles, theories, and methods of modern science as practiced in astronomy

3rd Quarter- Paving the way for Astronomical Research


  1. Evaluate specific areas of the moon to determine the presence of water. Navigating Goolge Moon. Lunar Research(Adler)
  2. Develop and understand how astronomical observations can be use to trace the history and birth and death of stars.
  3. Evaluate data to determine if exo-planets are habitable. (Kepler, Drake equation. Planet Hunter and etc.)
  4. Queries: Use technology to implement queries to obtain appropriate data.

4th Quarter - Senior Astronomy Project


  1. Create, implement and communicate a final sustained research project to answer a modified or self-generated question on an Astronomy topic.

Final project should include, but not be limited to:
    1. Create a scientific research paper
    2. Design a visual component to support the oral presentation
    3. Present before a group, (family, teachers, invited guest and peers), a brief summation of your research paper.