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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The Intriguing Lives of Galaxies

Week 1: July 5-11, 2015

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The "Tadpole." The "Black Eye." The "Whirlpool." Such exotic names describe just some of the galaxies that populate our universe.

This class will delight those of us whose curiosity and imagination are drawn to the night sky. Galaxies—spiral, elliptical, or irregular—are formations of millions to billions of swirling stars, held together by gravity. Less than ninety years ago (an astronomical nanosecond!), Edwin Hubble discovered through painstaking telescopic observation that billions of galaxies exist beyond our Milky Way.

During an enjoyable and illuminating week with Martha Haynes, the lively and knowledgeable Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, we will study the life histories of galaxies and learn how supermassive black holes, dark matter, and other celestial phenomena affect them.

Martha P. Haynes

Martha P. Haynes, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, studies the large-scale distribution of galaxies in the local universe and especially how local environment influences galaxy formation and evolution. She co-leads the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA Survey (ALFALFA), the aim of... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.