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2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog 
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AST 141 - Planets

Semester Hours: 4

This course is an introduction to the science of planets, from our own Earth to exoplanets around distant stars, as well as the moons, asteroids, comets, and other bits of rock and ice that exist where planets do. We will study the properties of these objects; learn how they form, evolve and interact with their environment; explore the processes in their atmospheres, on their surfaces, and within their cores; learn how astronomers are able to detect these objects around distant stars; and, finally, study the past, present, and future of robotic and manned exploration of the Solar System and beyond. A laboratory is included. Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

Intellectual Perspective: SD
Lab Included: LB