AAA Fall Astronomy Class: Astronomy 101: The Basics – September-October 2016



A survey of astronomy. Introduces celestial events that ancients knew well and we can also observe and reviews their modern explanations.

Sept. 7– Rotation, revolution, constellations, Polaris, precession.
Sept. 14– The planets, retrograde motion, ecliptic, Zodiac, nebular hypothesis.
Sept. 21– The moon, phases, eclipses, tides, tidal locking.
Sept. 28– AU, ly, pc distances. Seasons, solar system objects.
Oct. 19– Sun, stars, Milky Way Galaxy,nebulae, Hubble’s new vision of universe.
Oct. 26– Historical figures and their discoveries

Time:  classes start at 6:30 PM and go until 8:30 PM.

Location: all classes are held at Cicatelli Center, 505 8th Ave, at 35th St. in Manhattan, 20th Floor (except Sep 14, which will be held on the 19th floor).

Instructor: David Kiefer
David Kiefer holds various Masters degrees, including a M.S. in astronomy from the Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Melbourne, Australia.  He has taught physics and astronomy at colleges in New York and New Jersey,  and is presently a lecturer at City College and at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York.  A member of the AAA, Mr. Kiefer observes regularly at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.