Many of the wonders of our universe will be uncovered by students in this laboratory course. Viewed from both contemporary and historical perspective, students will come to better understand the universe through telescope and naked eye observations, numerous laboratory activities, simulations and multimedia. Topics of study include the local neighborhood of our solar system, stars, galaxies, exotic objects (quasars, black holes), cosmology and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. Students will learn to interpret observations in light of the Big Bang theory. In addition to high school credit, three hours of tuition-free college level science credit may also be obtained by juniors/seniors upon successful completion of this course. (An application fee of $25 is required if students elect to receive college credit.) This course fulfills the science graduation requirement.