I am delighted that you have decided to take this course. Astronomy continues to enjoy a golden age of discovery and exploration. With new technologies and innovative theoretical insights, the study of the universe has never been more exciting. In this course you will learn of these new adventures in the study of the oldest science. Not only will you discover new facts but you will grow to appreciate the cosmos that surrounds us. You will grow to understand those mysterious phenomena of the heavens. You will complete projects such as building your own telescope to guide your understanding and knowledge of the universe. Astronomy I will emphasize a study of the planets and their moons, as well as solar system debris. There will also be an emphasis on the historical aspects of astronomy and the instruments used in its study. Once again welcome to NAS 131/132 Astronomy!