Aaron J. Powner, M.Ed.
High School Science Teacher

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Online PDF Textbook
Canvas Astronomy Class
Extended Time Request (for assignments)
DOK Grading Scale
Planetarium / Virtual Telescope Software: Stellarium (Free)
Alison Free Astronomy Course
Crash Course Astronomy
iLecture Online Astronomy 101
Template for Lab Reports



Aug 21 - Partial Solar Eclipse: Peaks at around 1:30 pm. WARNING!!! Do NOT look directly at the sun or solar eclipse without special viewing equipment. Links to Information: Viewing Equipment, Maps and Eclipse Information

Term 1

Aug 22-25: Welcome / Astronomy Syllabus

  Aug 28-29: Tree of Knowledge

Nature of Science:

Aug 30-Sep 2: Basics of Philosophy

Aug 30-Sep 2: Knowledge Theory - World Views

Sep 5-8: Truth Theory

Sep 8 (A) / Sep 1 (B): Science Current Event - Use Template


Sep 11-12: Truth Theory Test | Makeup Assignment for Test

Sep 13-15: Nature of Science (Conclusion)

Demarcation, Required Assumptions, and Limitations of Science

Degrees of Certainty

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Sep 18: Safety

Lab Safety Lesson | Safety Test | Safety Contract - The safety contract must be signed and the safety test must be past with an 80% to participate in labs.

Languages of Science Lesson || Assignment: Worksheet

Sep 20: Begin Part 1 - Exploring the Sky

Ch 1 Pre-Test | Scientific Calculator Online


Sep 25-Oct 6: Here and Now

Ch 1 Big Questions:

Where are we?
When are we?
How have these questions affected world views?
The need for new ways to measure distance...
Video: Powers of Ten

Vocab: astro, nomia, ology, terra, sol, luna, rotate, revolve (aka orbit), nebula, star, planet, dwarf planet, debris (planetoid, planetesimal, asteroid, comets)

Oct 9 - 18: Exploring the Sky

  • Here and Now
  • User's Guide to the Sky
    • Group Notes
    • Introduce CyberSky Software and astronomy phone apps
Oct 23-27

Oct 30 - Nov 20

The Stars

  • Atoms and Spectra
  • The Sun
  • The Family of Stars
  • The Interstellar Medium
  • The Formation and Structure of Stars
  • Stellar Evolution
  • The Deaths of Stars
  • Neutron Stars and Black Holes

Term 2

The Universe

  • The Milky Way Galaxy
  • Galaxies
  • Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes
  • Modern Cosmology

The Solar System

  • Origin of the Solar System and Extrasolar Planets
  • Earth: The Active Planet
  • The Moon and Mercury: Compairing Airless Worlds
  • Venus and Mars
  • Jupiter and Saturn
  • Uranus, Neptune, and the Kuiper Belt
  • Metiorites, Asteroids, and Comets

  Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds