The course is presented on one evening per week from Wednesday 11th September to Wednesday 4th December (please note there will not be a lecture on the 20th November).
During the course you will be introduced to the basic techniques used in astronomy and construct your own simple telescope. You will learn about the solar system, our place in the Universe, comets and meteorites. You will be introduced to cosmology, life and death of stars, time and its importance in astronomy and discuss life in the Universe. The course also includes a lecture on and visit to the Space Geodesy Facility where they track satellites using powerful lasers.
This course is also designed so that you can take advantage of The Centre's historic telescopes. Viewing is of course weather permitting and due to the nature of the course content it may also not be possible because of time constraints. However, if the weather is good there should be opportunities for you to look through a large telescope during the 12 weeks.
This course is aimed at adults. If you wish to enquire about booking an under 18 (with an accompanying adult) onto the course then please phone The Centre on 01323 832731.
Course lecturers: Dr. Sandra Voss, Dr. Roger Wood, Jarvis Brand and someone from the Space Geodesy Facility.
We recommend that you bring a red light torch if you have one and please wear warm clothing and sensible footwear.
There is a break half way through the lecture and hot drinks can be purchased at the reduced rate of just £1 per hot drink. Cold drinks and snacks can be purchased at the regular price.
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