I wear several hats, both literally and figuratively (though rarely simultaneously). One of those figurative hats is director of CosmoAcademy, the online education wing of CosmoQuest. Today I am pleased to announce the start of our 2014 season of online classes! Coupled with that, we’ve relaunched the site under a new address: CosmoAcademy.org .
The first class is Introduction to Dark Matter, which I will be teaching myself starting in two weeks:
Roughly eighty percent of all the mass in the Universe is made of dark matter – a mysterious invisible substance responsible for the structure of galaxies. But how do we know that? In this course, we’ll examine the evidence in favor of dark matter’s existence, from the rotation of galaxies to the radiation left over from the infancy of the cosmos. [Read more…]
In coming months, you might also be interested in classes on space image processing taught by the Planetary Society’s ninja-in-residence, Emily Lakdawalla, and another on astrobiology — life elsewhere in the cosmos — from Nicole “The Noisy Astronomer” Gugliucci. And there’s even more to come, so stay tuned for further announcements!