We are offering two four week courses, one held in Spring and one held in Autumn. They are essentially the same course but presented in a different order to take into account the different constellations in the sky at the time of the course.
The course is presented on one evening per week for four weeks and is designed to look at the whole sky using the unaided eye. They will help you recognise the most prominent constellations so you can use them to navigate your way around the night sky. In ancient times many stories were attached to the constellations and we will explore some of these mythologies. You will also learn how to use a planisphere and star maps. In the final week we look at other objects as well as the stars including the Moon and planets. There will also be a brief introduction to some deeper sky objects nestled within the constellations, that can be spotted through binoculars.
The course is partly classroom based but it is hoped that, weather permitting, there will be plenty of opportunity to translate what has been learned indoors to the actual night sky on clear evenings. On the last evening you are welcome to bring binoculars if you have them, to spot some of the deeper sky objects discussed during the lecture.
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 lecturer: Dr Sandra Voss
We recommend that you bring a red light torch if you have one and please wear warm clothing and sensible footwear.
The Centre’s shop sells planispheres and many useful guides to the night sky. It will be open at the start of each evening.
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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