This four week course assumes no prior knowledge and requires no specialist mathematical or scientific aptitude. It offers a basic introduction to the subject of astronomy in its historical, scientific and practical aspects.
Topics covered include:
1. The planet Earth
2. The planets
3. Other Earths
4. The moon
5. Telescopes and other instruments
6. The Sun, stars and their lives
7. Beyond the stars
8. Comets, meteors and other debris
The aim is to combine presentations and information with practical application. Consequently the exact order of the topics will depend on what is visible on any date and the weather.
Each session also aims to highlight how it is relevant to people today and how astronomy is not purely a subject for academics.
We encourage students to follow up with their own observations where possible or even just further reading. However, this is not necessary and the course can be followed just as it is. Some lectures may include practical sessions with both naked eye, binocular and telescopic observations. If the weather is not co-operative then each session uses a slide presentation format followed by an interval and further presentation or practical session dependant on the topic.
The practical session can be;
- Guided telescope observation
- Practical activities such as modelling the solar system or how a telescope works
As would be expected the practical sessions are weather, time and subject dependant.
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.
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Course lecturer: Jarvis Brand
You can book online using Paypal and depending on the device you are booking with there should be an option to book online without using Paypal (check out as a guest using your debit or credit card). Please telephone The Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your place(s) if you are unable to book online.
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.
The course takes place in one of our observatory domes on the first floor which is accessed by 2 flights of stairs.
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