- Course Description: To encourage a wide student body studying in many different fields to realize how magnificent the universe is, without resorting to complex mathematics, and to understand what scientists are doing about it.
- Textbook and/or Resources:  Lecture notes.  In Quest of the Universe, Translation editor: Assoc. Dr. Tolga Güver, Nobel Academic Publishing, 2017.  Astronomy – The Universe at a Glance, Translation Editor: Mutlu Yıldız Prof. Dr. H. Hüseyin Öztürk, Nobel Life, 2016
- Course content:
View from Earth, The Sky, Movement of the Sun in the Sky, Phases of the Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Solar Eclipse
Observations of Planetary Movements, Rotation, Distance Units in Astronomy, Scale of the Universe, Astronomy Today
Science and Its Methods of Knowing, From the Geocentric System to the Heliocentric System, the Ancient Greek Geocentric System, Aristarchus' Heliocentric Model, Nikolas Copernicus, and the Heliocentric Model, Comparison of Models
Tycho Brahe: The Importance of Sensitive Observations, Johannes Kepler and the Laws of Planetary Motion, Kepler's Contribution
Galileo Galilei and Telescope, Isaac Newton's Great Synthesis, Circular Motion, Universal Gravity Law, Newton's Laws, and Kepler's Laws
Orbits and Center of Mass, Beyond Newton, General Theory of Relativity, Gravity and Einstein
Kelvin Temperature Scale, Wave Nature of Light, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Color of Planets and Stars
Spectral Types, Bohr Atomic Model, Doppler Effect, Inverse Square Radiation
Refraction and Image Formation, Lens Telescope, Mirror Telescope
Radio Telescopes, Interferometry, Determination of Other Types of Electromagnetic Radiation
Interstellar Matter and Star Formation, the Lives, and Deaths of Small Mass Stars
Death of Massive Stars, Black Holes, Properties of Black Holes
Diversity of Galaxies, Hubble Classification, Measuring Galaxies, Milky Way Galaxy
Searching for a Center and Edge in the Universe, Expanding Universe, Big Bang, Future of the Universe
- Course Learning Outcomes:
1. Knows Moon, Sun, and Planet movements and distance units in Astronomy.
2. Knows and compares the models developed about the solar system from past to present.
3. Knows the observations and laws that led to the development of modern astronomy.
4. Defines the nature of electromagnetic radiation and explains which properties of celestial bodies can be determined by this radiation.
5. Knows the life process of stars. Explain the concept of a black hole.
6. Knows the theories about the formation of the universe. Explain the subjects of galaxies, dark matter, and dark energy.
7. To be
able to describe how scientists combine observation, theory, and testing to
understand the universe.