Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe



I do like to keep the historical perspective in mind as we are progressing through the lessons. We began this lesson by considering a few of the early attempts by observers to determine how the Solar System fits in to the Universe. Then, we saw that, over time, by studying stars and star clusters, we have been able to better determine the overall structure and our place within the Milky Way. Historically, astronomers were studying at the same time how the Milky Way fits in to the Universe. Now that we understand the Milky Way, we are going to look into the history of the determination of the Milky Way's place in the Universe.

Activity 1 - Lesson 8 Quiz


First, please take the Web-based Lesson 8 quiz.

  1. Go to Canvas.
  2. Go to the "Lesson 8 Quiz" and complete the quiz.

Good luck!

Activity 2 - Capstone Project


You will see a link to the Capstone Project in its own module below the weekly lesson modules in Canvas.

  1. Read through the instructions for the project.
  2. Complete and submit Part 1.

Submitting your work

Upload your document for Part 1 to the Capstone Project drop box in the Canvas module for the capstone project.

Grading criteria

See the grading rubric for specifics for how the capstone project will be graded.

Reminder - Complete all of the lesson tasks!

You have finished the reading for Lesson 8. Double-check the list of requirements on the Lesson 8 Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before beginning the next lesson.