On a clear night, far from the light and the rush of the city, you can see thousands of stars. They tell our
stories, guide our way, and quietly mark time. From a twinkle of light, the stars reveal something much
more: the history of our celestial home, the Universe. From the formation of our planet, to the life of
our Sun, the swirling maelstrom of our galaxy, and the unimaginable deep of Infinity, the lights of the
night sky reveal the vast sweep of the cosmos.

In this course, we will explore the nature of stars and galaxies, clusters and nebulae. Weather
permitting, we will—“mid song of birds, and insects murmuring”—learn practical astronomy
with naked eye and telescopic night observations. No prior background in astronomy or physics is
required. Please join me in what Wordsworth would call the “poetry of the heavens.”

Megan Pickett is an associate professor of physics and the department chair of physics at Lawrence
University. She earned a B.A. in physics as Cornell University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical
Astrophysics from Indiana University in 1995. She was a research fellow at NASA’s Ames Research
Center until 1999, after which she taught at Valparaiso University and Purdue University, before joining
Lawrence in 2006. Her scholarly interests include

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Sunday, July 26, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020
$950 - Double; $1,230 - Single; $475 - Commuter