Complete Lecture Slides for OpenStax Astronomy

Complete Lecture Slides for OpenStax Astronomy


This resource describes the full set of lecture slides available in this linked Google Drive folder. The slides are based on OpenStax Astronomy and are designed for a 14-week course. Lecture Videos that use these slides will be available as a separate posted resource.

Lecture Slides for OpenStax Astronomy (L. Woolsey, CC BY-SA 4.0)

I have created a comprehensive set of slides designed for a one-semester non-majors introductory astronomy college course. The material is broken up into seven modules, which are designed to take two weeks each during a regular semester or one week each for accelerated course structures.

All of the written content is mine, and I want to make it available to anyone who wants to use it. All of the images in the slides are openly licensed as well, pulling heavily from OpenStax Astronomy but also the wider web of Creative Commons media.

This link is a Google Drive folder, which contains the seven modules as:

  • separate Google Slides files (which you would then copy to use in Google Slides or download as a different file format to work with Powerpoint, Open Office, etc.
  • PDFs already put together in three formats:
    • "Slides" which has one slide per page and could be used in lecture or for students to follow along on their own devices. All links are clickable in the PDF.
    • "Condensed" which is a three by three landscape grid of slides most suitable for efficient printing for students who want to be able to easily reference the full set.
    • "Notes" which is a portrait orientation with three slides in a column on the left and empty area to take notes on the right; students often use these to take notes during lecture whether on-campus or online.

If you have difficulty accessing the material, please contact me directly at If you use these slides, please credit me (Dr. Lauren Woolsey) and my home institution (Grand Rapids Community College). You are welcome to take the slides and pick and choose what to add into your existing lectures, but please remember to include the attribution appropriately.

Finally, there is a full set of recorded lecture videos that I have made with these slides and put on YouTube, I will post them as a separate OER Commons resource.