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A6 Stardust

In "Woodstock," Joni Mitchell sang that "we are stardust," and astronomers are confident that's the truth. In this course, we will examine ideas and evidence on the birth and death of stars and the formation of planetary systems. We'll start by familiarizing ourselves with the night sky and its most prominent stars. Other topics will include star formation; the energy supply for starlight; the differing fates of lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight stars; the evolution of single stars vs. binaries; and recent findings about the abundance and formation of planetary systems.

Instructor: LLI member Bill Ingham attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and did his graduate work in astrophysics. He was a faculty member at JMU for 34 years, where he was on the staff of the Honors Program and taught courses in physics, astronomy, and the history of science.

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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.

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