PH 205 Solar system astronomy

This course focuses on our solar system and solar systems in general. We will cover topics including solar system formation and evolution, terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth, and Jovian planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. We will also discuss other members of the solar system such as asteroids and Kuiper belt objects like comets and Pluto. We will pay special attention to the discovery and understanding of extra solar planets.


Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Hadley

Office: Weniger 373


Phone: 541 737-4312

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