astronomy-classical-learning-resource-centerAstronomy is part of CLRC’s Earth Science series, which also includes Geology (one semester) and Meteorology (one semester).

Astronomy is the quintessential classical science. This course will cover both historical and modern astronomical discoveries using numerous color graphics, simulations, and video clips. Part I starts in your backyard by considering the moving earth and the motion of celestial bodies in the night sky. Part II covers the history and progress of astronomy including the discovery of heliocentrism, the invention of the telescope, and the birth of modern astrophysics. In Part III we study the earth-moon system, tour the solar system, and examine the wonders of our sun. Part IV is a mind-boggling trek through the wider universe–the life and death of stars, types of galaxies and nebula, black holes, and the expansion of space (Einstein’s theory of Relativity). Finally, in Part V, we will reflect on the origin of the universe and the limits of science by looking at different cosmological theories and their implications for philosophy and religion.

This class is open to students age 13 and up.  Material and homework assignments are scaled according to grade level.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

“REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.

Offered Fall Semester Only 

Enrollment for this class is closed for Fall 2021.

Prerequisites: No formal prerequisites. Some class
exercises require basic math skills. 
Instructor: William DiPuccio, Ph.D.
Age Level: 13 - Adult
Minimum Enrollment: 6
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester: $360

Class Meets: Fridays, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific

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Fall enrollment is closed. Students may be able to enroll with the instructor’s permission. Please contact Spring registration opens Oct 18th.

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William DiPuccio, Ph.D.

william-dipuccio-clrcBill DiPuccio  recently served as an instructor in Physical and Earth Science at Heritage Classical Academy near Akron, Ohio. He has been teaching science since 2002 including a position as science instructor and department head for five years at St. Nicholas Orthodox School, a classical school in Akron, OH. He has designed and taught laboratory courses in biology, earth science, astronomy, chemistry, and physics for elementary school, middle school, and high school. Bill has also, trained elementary school teachers, and taught numerous summer and weekend science camps.

Bill has a Ph.D. in historical theology and a professional background in meteorology, engineering (ultrasonic and electromagnetic polymer joining processes, automation) and graphic design. His academic interests and publications can be found on his blog,


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* Guide to the Stars: Northern Hemisphere/30 - 60 degrees North


* Guide to the Stars: Southern Hemisphere/30 - 60 degrees South


* Equatorial Guide to the Stars: 30 degrees North to 30 degrees South of the Equator

The main ‘text’ for the course consists of nearly 200 pages of in-depth, illustrated notes provided by the instructor.
* With regard to "Guide to the Stars":   Students need to purchase only the particular Guide which is applicable to their location.   If you are not sure which one to purchase, please contact the instructor.