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

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Term 1

Nature of Science

  Lab Safety

Exploring the Sky

  • Here and Now
  • User's Guide to the Sky
  • Moon Phases and Eclipses
  • Origin of Modern Astronomy
  • Gravity
  • Light and Telescopes

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