Principles of Astronomy, by Dr Jamie Love, is a specially written, self-paced, self-learning "hypertextbook" used offline from your hard disk.
These 48 lessons and 8 exams evolved out of years of teaching astronomy over the Internet preceded by many years teaching astronomy in a more conventional setting. From that feedback, Dr Love learned where students had the most difficulty so he rewrote or added new material to the hypertextbook in order to address those problems. It is now a complete, tried and tested astronomy course, perfect for home schools, high schools or hobbyists - anyone wanting a solid education in astronomy. It is also useful as a university-level introduction to Astronomy.
This course is a healthy mix of both observational astronomy and academic astronomy. Jamie teaches the identification along with the concepts and to do that he has chosen specific topics to coincide with things you can actually observe (most of the time). Students will learn how to identify the bright stars and obvious constellations as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Students will gain an understanding of astronomy to the level expected of a first-semester, university-level astronomy course, but pretty light on the math.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the course in the FAQs page.
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