I have decided to relearn astronomy over a ten week period, starting Monday. I have a sample syllabus to work from, the associated textbook (it will arrive next week), and two video lecture series on the subject to help me out. There isn't anything I can do for exams, but there are a series of labs (9 total) to complete. I'm also going to write a 'paper' that I will publish here as proof that I'm following through.
Why am I doing this? I have had an interest in the subject since early on. It's hard not to, growing up near Cape Canaveral. Then there's the growing number of commercial space ventures starting up. And the meteorite blowing up a couple dozen miles above a Russian town a month ago. Did you know it's the largest known meteorite to hit Earth in the last 100 years? And did you know that if it had not exploded and instead hit the town, the town would no longer exist? And did you know there we didn't know about it until it was within our atmosphere?
The universe is a massive, mysterious, and interesting place. I'd like to know more about it.