There are concerns that a second wave of the virus may require the University to cancel all in-person classes, and to go online like we did in the Spring semester. We can deal with this - see here.
If a significant number of you, or the instructor, become ill or are required to quarantine, then the course will go online.
A focus of this class has always been on observing with the 14 inch
telescope. However, it is difficult to socially-distance in the telescope dome.
Once the semester starts, we will discuss the practicalities of observing.
If the university goes online, we lose access to the telescope. However
much we stand to lose without the hands-on observing experience, it it important
to realize that astronomy today is becoming less hands-on, and more
In the case that it is not possible to complete the optical observing, we have archival data from the 14 inch that can be analyzed.