SELECTED TOPICS IN ASTRONOMY
Mondays, January 30 – March 6 (six weeks)
6:30 – 8:00 pm (Classes will meet at Kent County High School’s Planetarium)
Several special topics have been selected for this class, covering a range of astronomical subjects. We will look at and learn the seasonal stars of winter and spring, study the zodiac, and identify the North Circumpolar stars. We will answer the question, “Is the Sun a typical star?” and look at the Moon (phases, eclipses, etc). We will explain the electro-magnetic spectrum, and put real emphasis on how to see the August 2017 total solar eclipse that will stretch across the United States from Oregon to the Carolinas.
DENNIS HERRMANN retired from Kent County High School in 2014 after 42 years of teaching astronomy, earth science, and other science courses. He also coached Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track. He enters his fifth semester teaching astronomy in the WC-ALL program, officiates track meets as a certified USA Track and Field official, and works part-time at Haven Harbor Marina in Rock Hall. Dennis still produces the annual Christmas program at the KCHS Planetarium each December.