For the first time in human history, we can see the full splendor and mystery of the universe, thanks to instruments on scores of planetary probes and observatories that have been launched into space since the 1990s. Our instruments in space have prospected for water and life on Mars, detected thousands of possible planets orbiting other stars, mapped superheated matter swirling into gigantic black holes, and deciphered the all-pervasive echo of the big bang, which is the key to understanding the large-scale structure of the universe. The fantastic scientific story behind these remarkable images is yours in A Visual Guide to the Universe. Your guide is Professor David M. Meyer, a distinguished astronomer at Northwestern University. There will be an optional Friday evening visit to the Northwestern Dearborn Observatory and if the conditions permit to view the night sky through this historic telescope (Must be able to climb stairs). We will view and discuss the last nine lectures in this Great Course series this summer (the first 9 nine lectures were viewed last summer.) PDFs of the lectures including discussion questions will be emailed to study group members as closed captions are not available.