Astronomy

Welcome to the Astronomy Department

Instructors

John Charlesworth

Professor Charlesworth received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Francisco State University. It should be known that whenever someone in the community has a question about astronomy, he tops virtually all resource lists. Whether it's an up-coming, little-known partial lunar eclipse, a meteor shower or an unusual planetary alignment, he will have the information ready. He routinely organizes open-to-the-public "star and observing parties" for special astronomical events and easily infects the curious public with his own indefatigable enthusiasm.

Classes Offered:

Descriptive Astronomy (ASTR 110)

An introductory general education course on the formation, properties, evolution, and fates of celestial objects--from galaxies to planets to black holes. Group evening sky-observing is included. CSU and UC transferrable. 3 units.

Practical Astronomy (ASTR 111)

An introductory general education course which emphasizes how to observe and understand the motions of the celestial objects, including the sun, moon, planets, comets, meteors, and stars. Evening group sky-observing is included. CSU and UC transferrable. 3 units.