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Describe essential ideas about the composition and structure of the universe
and the Earth’s place in it.
 Compare various planets’ characteristics.
 Describe basic star types and identify the sun as a star type.
 Describe and differentiate comets, asteroids, and meteors
 Identify gravity as the force that keeps planets in orbit around the
sun and governs the rest of the movement of the solar system and
the universe.
 Illustrate how the positions of the stars and constellations change
in relation to the Earth during an evening and from month to
month.
 Identify equipment and instruments that explore the universe.
 Identify the accomplishments and contributions provided by
selected past and present scientists in the field of astronomy.
 Identify and articulate space program efforts to investigate
possibilities of living in space and on other planets.
Explain essential ideas about the composition and structure of the universe.
 Compare the basic structures of the universe (e.g., galaxy types,
nova, black holes, and neutron stars).
 Describe the structure and life-cycle of stars using the
Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
 Describe the nuclear processes involved in energy production in a
star.
 Explain the “red-shift” and Hubble’s use of it to determine stellar
distance and movement.
 Compare absolute versus apparent star magnitude and their
relation to stellar distance.
 Explain the impact of the Copernican and Newtonian thinking on
our view of the universe.
 Identify and analyze the findings of several space instruments in
regard to the extent and composition of the solar system and
universe.