This one-semester course is designed to provide a non-technical overview of basic astronomy topics. We emphasize exploration and creativity in this class. The course includes nighttime sky viewing, computer simulations, telescope use, and a field trip to the University of Massachusetts – Lowell observatory. Algebra I knowledge is used in this course. The topics in class addressed are the size and scale of our solar system, galaxy, and universe, our sun and moon, the constellations in our sky, ancient and modern astronomers, how stars burn fuel, the methods scientists use to study distant stars, the birth, life, and death of stars, the planets within our own solar system, space exploration missions, and the search for extraterrestrial life.