The Astronomy Department at College of Alameda offers Astronomy 1 every semester.

Astronomy 1 – Introduction to Astronomy

Introduction to the universe and insight into its mysteries: Development of modern astronomy, light, astronomical instruments, a brief survey of the solar system, the Sun, the stars, novas and supernovas, neutron stars, black holes, galaxies, and cosmology.

Satisfies IGETC area 5A and CSU GE breadth area B1.

Spring 2019 Schedule

In Spring 2019, we offer following Astronomy 1 sections

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Cover of The Essential Cosmic Perspective, 8th Edition


The Essential Cosmic Perspective: 8th edition (ISBN-10: 0134446437) is the current edition. Purchase it at the CoA bookstore or at a bookstore near you. The copies of current edition is on reserve at the library. The 7th or 6th edition is also acceptable, but please check with the instructor for earlier editions.


Please find the syllabus for ASTR 1 sections from current and previous semesters. Please contact the instructor for the most up-to-date information.

Student Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate between planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe in terms of scale.
  2. Explain and discuss basic astronomical phenomena, including the seasons, the phases of the Moon, eclipses, and planetary motion.
  3. Explain and discuss the origin, development, and properties of planetary systems, stars, galaxies, and the universe.
  4. Explain how theories in astronomy are based on observations.

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