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Students learn to reach for the stars

Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University have a wide variety of options for interesting courses at their leisure.

Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University have a wide variety of options for interesting courses at their leisure.

One of those courses is Astronomy 1100, which is designed for students who do not have a science backround, but are interested in what the universe is all about. The course covers a wide variety of topics in the field of astronomy from the Earth and the moon to the Milky Way and other galaxies.

Takashi Sato, an astronomer with the department of physics at Kwantlen, says the course gives students some general knowledge about the universe and all of the aspects within it.

“It’s a broad-based course so we don’t normally get into a lot of depth about any certain aspect, but we do look at the solar system in detail, particularly planet by planet,” says Sato.

“We study our own galaxy a little more than others because we have more information about it, and students taking the course are quite interested in the galaxy they live in.”