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Introductory Astronomy


ASTR 1445/46

When the sun goes down, the sky turns into a spectacle of lights. But can you tell a satellite from a shooting star? Know what causes a black hole or a supernova? During physics Senior Lecturer Nilakshi Veerabathina’s Introductory Astronomy course, students learn about these and other wonders of the universe. “By studying the cosmos beyond our own planet, we can understand where we came from, where we’re going, and how physics works under conditions that are impossible to recreate on Earth,” she explains. The first semester covers the movement and properties of bodies within the solar system, including planets, comets, and satellites, while the second semester delves into the science of stars and galaxies. And thanks to UTA’s state-of-the-art Planetarium, students get an up-close look at the phenomena they’re studying. “I make every effort to include the latest technology to enhance active
engagement,” Dr. Veerabathina says. “So it’s exciting to have the best planetarium in the Metroplex right here on campus.”