Dr. Elizabeth A. Silber


Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
- Socrates

List of Courses Taught

Description of Courses

Astronomy 1021 (Fall/Winter 2012/13, 2013/14, Fall 2015) & Astronomy 1021 on-line (Summer 2013)
A general survey of astronomy including: the solar systb and its constituents; stars, their basic properties and evolution; systbs of stars including clusters, the milky way and other galaxies; the universe, its past, present and future structure; astronomical instruments; topics of current interest including pulsars, quasars, black holes.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Astronomy 1011A, Distance studies (Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016)
An overview of modern astronomical topics including the formation, structure, and evolution of stars, planetary and stellar systbs, galaxies, and the Universe.
3 lecture hours equivalent, 0.5 course

Physics 2070A/B (Winter 2014, Fall 2014)
This course is designed for non-science students and examines the atmosphere in which we live, how it affects our everyday life, and how we, in turn, as the technologically dominant earth-borne species, affect it. Atmospheric phenomena such as wind, temperature, composition, precipitation and electricity are used to illustrate basic physical principles.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course


The Carina Nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Livio and STScI.

interesting facts

Nikola Tesla (1856 - 1943). He is responsible for AC power, radio, wireless communication, X-ray imaging and much more. Many of the modern world's amenities are due to his inventions and patents.

As seen from Earth, the Moon's disk undergoes cyclical changes in appearance; from completely illuminated by direct sunlight, to not illiminated. To learn the current mooon phase, follow the link.

About one million Earths could fit inside the Sun.