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Taught by Jonathan Soma

Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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The bright lights of New York do their best to blind us to what's going on above our heads, but no more! Let's take a look at the impossibly ancient celestial world.

We'll take a look at physics! Learn how black holes can make you taller, why the Sun is going to eat the Earth and how telescopes work.

History! People have been dealing with stars for forever, and whether they're predicting next Tuesday's love life or trying to measure galactic distance it can be pretty neat. After this class your favorite astronomer might be a guy from the 16th century who had a metal nose.

And, of course, the stars themselves. We'll be taking at least one field trip out into Prospect Park where we'll wander around in nigh-darkness navigating the heavens. Impress children by planet-spotting, stumble home on the weekends under the aegis of the North Star!

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