An Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science

An Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science

Lead Tutor: Dr Gabby Provan

Wednesday
Feb 27
Mar 6 13 20 27
Apr 3

Introductory Workshop Session

Saturday 26 January 2019, 10am-1pm

Follow-on Sessions

6 Wednesdays: 27 February-3 April, 6.30pm-8.30pm with a short break

Course Cost

Introductory workshop: £35

Introductory workshop plus 6 evening sessions: £150

Concessions: we are able to offer a limited number of places at concession rates for those on benefits or under the tax threshold. Please contact us using the contact form for more information.

Course Description

This course, led by an expert astrophysicist who has worked on Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, will teach you to look at the sky in a new way. It will tell you about the ways that ancient astronomers first looked at the skies – including the names and discoveries we got from Babylonian and Islamic astronomers. It will show you how telescopes work, and we hope to be able to give you a tour of an observatory. You’ll also get to see an actual aurora, and have a night sky view in a pop-up planetarium. We’ll take you right up to date by telling you about the latest in the hunt for planets around other stars.

By the time you’ve completed this course you will know:

  • Why, how and when people first started looking at the night sky
  • Different ways we investigate planets in our solar system . . . and in other solar systems
  • How the planets in our solar system are different from each other
  • How magnetic fields work, and what auroras look like!

Please note that a minimum of 10 students are required to run this course.