5. Astronomy Through the Ages – Janet Wood




3 weeks, Mondays, 9:00-11:00, Mar 14-28 Zoom only.
Since the dawn of human history, people have looked with awe, wonder, and reverence at the heavens as they sought to find meaning in their lives and understand their place in the universe. As they struggled to understand the unseen forces that governed their lives, they became keen observers and meticulous record keepers of patterns and cycles in the night sky. In so doing these early astronomers laid the foundation for what would eventually lead to our current scientific knowledge about the universe. From the earliest recordings of star patterns on the walls of caves to the breathtaking images of deep space by the Hubble Space Telescope, this three-session course traces the history of astronomical discoveries and how they have shaped our modern world.

Janet Wood s a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, one of a nationwide network of more than 1100 volunteers coordinated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The ambassadors present public programs about NASA’s space exploration missions. Janet became a space science enthusiast after attending The Planetary Society’s “Planetfest” in 1997 which took place in conjunction with the Mars Pathfinder Landing. She became a volunteer for NASA/JPL’s Solar System Ambassador Program in 2002 and has been giving programs to a wide variety of audiences since that time. Her current programs include: Mars, The Continuing Quest, Hidden Wonders in the Night Sky, Mysterious Moons, Exploring the Solar System, and Our Cosmic Connection. She received a  Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in 1973 and a Master of Science Degree in Geo-science Education from Mississippi State University in 2001. Her special interest is in planetary science.