Field Astronomy examines both the dynamics of planetary systems and the life and death of stars. The course will examine the history of the heliocentric and geocentric models of our solar system, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, Newton’s Law of universal gravitation and the theory behind solar system dynamics. Starting with our sun, the course will examine the formation of stars and their possible fates. Special attention will be paid to the nature of light and the use of spectroscopy to measure characteristics of stars outside our solar system and determine stellar classification characteristics. Laboratory work will include observations of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets as well as classifications of stellar clusters, nebulae and supernova remnants and the observations of other galaxies. Students will incorporate the basics in celestial mapping and telescope use in laboratory work. The course includes occasional two-hour evening labs, as well as a two-night sky observing trip away from campus.