ASTR-301 Lessons

The Astronomy Tower classroom looks very different tonight than it did the previous year: beautifully woven rugs depicting constellations glittering above gently rustling trees line the walls. A flash of movement on one of the magical rugs almost looks like a house on chicken’s legs moving th…

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Professor Gagarina enters the room, levitating a large, many armed object ahead of her. She places it carefully on her desk and waves her wand, illuminating the dark classroom. There on her desk, ticking gently as the various arms move, is an intricate orrery showing the position of our solar syste…

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Professor Gagarina enters the classroom in a flurry of parchment to take her place at the front of the class. The large, ticking orrery is still upon her desk but several new posters adorn the classroom walls. These new images are colorful, featuring various objects flying through space or making f…

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Professor Gagarina stands at the head of the class as the students enter. On her desk is a large globe of the Earth with a sizeable chunk missing and a cracked and broken lunascope. On the walls are posters showing strange diagrams, volcanic eruptions, and a damaged city. Hell on Earth Let us t…

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Professor Gagarina enters the classroom carrying a stack of parchment in one hand and her wand in the other, levitating a large, somewhat lumpy model of the Earth on a board in front of her. The walls are covered with more posters of Earth, this time surrounded by circles in increasing sizes. After…

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Professor Gagarina enters the classroom a minute late with an armful of graded midterms which she passes to her Head Girl to give out. Today the walls are covered in posters displaying clouds and raging storms, placid lakes and oceans, and more damaged buildings. On her desk is a glass orb, like a …

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Professor Gagarina enters the classroom levitating a small aquarium filled with several tangled plants. She is followed by two Fourth Year Hufflepuff students who are each wearing dragon hide gloves; one carries a flaming brazier with sparks leaping from it while the other has a large bowl filled w…

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The walls of the classroom today are covered in posters depicting massive structures shaped like bowls and funnels. A poster of the first moon landing hangs in the center of the blackboard. Professor Gagarina is putting the finishing touches on a gleaming suit of armor standing next to her desk; as…

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Professor Gagarina enters class carrying a large stack of parchment: the final exams. The walls of the classroom display several distressing images. However, directly behind the desk is a very large version of a Muggle photograph, displaying two smiling, floating men shaking hands. There are many …

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Our Big Blue Marble - Earth is the only planet we call home; it is what gives us life and security even as we look to the heavens all around us. In order to study the heavens, however, it is first necessary to understand ourselves. What makes the Earth so special and why are we the only planet in our whole Solar System known to contain life? This year is intended to give Astronomy students a foundation in our Earth even as we seek to compare ourselves to others. Students will leave this class with a better understanding of their own place in the universe, the ability to compare Earth with other planets, knowledge of the origins of magic in our near universe, and an appreciation for the uniqueness of the planet we call home.

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Course Prerequisites:
  • ASTR-201
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