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OverviewEdit

Astronomy students specialize in the heavens: stars, planets, celestial activities, etc. Mostly they study the night sky and learn what's out there beyond Earth's atmosphere, identifying celestial bodies and calculating size, distance, temperature, luminosity, and so on. Most professional astronomers are hired as professors or experts for the Ministry of Magic, while others may find jobs as authorities for a multitude of circumstances.

CurriculumEdit

First Year
  • Earth's rotation and revolution, and how those movements affect our view of the sky
  • Why constellations were created (stories of Greco-Roman constellations)
  • What we can see in the sky (stars, moons, planets) and differences between those objects
​Second Year
  • Parts of a telescope
  • Differences between stars and planets (how we can recognize planets in the night sky)
  • Planetary motion (prograde and retrograde)
  • Using star maps to find constellations in the sky
  • Phases of the moon (names and causes)
  • Model of the Solar System
Third Year
  • Differences between planets and moons
  • Major moons of the Solar System
  • Navigating by the stars
  • Using stars to determine latitude and compass points
  • How our position on Earth affects our view of the sky
  • Relevance of solstices and equinoxes, and relation to our seasons
  • Size and distance between celestial bodies
  • Wien's Law (temperature)
  • Review for E.M.U.
Fourth Year
  • What is in motion in our Solar System
  • How Earth's movements give us the day and year
  • Gravity (how it keeps planets revolving around the sun, and moons around their planets)
  • Recognizing a planet in the night sky
  • Planetary motion (prograde and retrograde)
  • Debunking astrology
  • Science vs. Pseudoscience
  • How and why the zodiac signs were created
  • Ecliptic and precession
Fifth Year
  • Age, energy sources, and structure of the Sun
  • Sun's role in supporting life on Earth
  • Types of solar eclipses
  • Specific planetary temperatures, gases, etc
  • Luminosity
  • Matter-energy equivalence
  • Absolute and apparent magnitude
  • Review for S.T.O.M.P.

SyllabusEdit

First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
Fifth Year

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