Astronomy: a gentle introduction

Course Dates: 22/09/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Roger O'Brien

A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy. Learn how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, how to find planets and look safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.


What is the course about?

Astronomy for those, who find it interesting and want to know more.
Suggestions for beginners, who want to go a bit farther
With some mind-boggling thrown in for good measure.

What will we cover?

- The night sky
- The solar system
- Stars, nebulae, galaxies…
- Telescopes, planispheres, computer software…
- Exoplanets, questions, answers, things to do
Please note the course programme is flexible and may include unexpected news items.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Recognise constellations
- Make a scale model of the solar system
- Pick out planets in the night sky
- Decide whether to purchase equipment e.g. binoculars, telescope.
- Broadly outline the scale of the universe and its contents
- Identify books to buy, societies to join and possible other courses to take.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught in a number of different ways including presentations with visual examples, discussions and group work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a notepad and paper. There will be no additional costs for the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS004 Cosmology
HS211 Guest lecture: Lost planets of the solar system: the evidence from meteorites
HS136 Physics of time
HS218 Science reading group: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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well worth it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/05/2019)
I enjoyed the course very much.
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Review by Resham / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
Good as a brief introduction as it gives beginners some ideas for getting started
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/02/2019)
Do a bit is research on the subject before you stsrt
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/02/2019)
The course was well structured and delivered professionally. The pitch is exactly right for someone who is interested in the learning about the sky at night but does not know how to begin to identify stars, planets, etc.
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Review by Lorraine / (Posted on 04/02/2019)
Highly recommend this course for complete beginners. Tutor explains things in layman's terms, which made it easy to understand and follow. I've come away with a much better understanding of how to identify lots in the sky - and when; also gave excellent tips for buying binoculars etc. Really interesting and useful course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/02/2019)
This is a very good introduction to understanding the sky at night.
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Review by Deborah / (Posted on 03/02/2019)
We were guided through a complex subject in a friendly and accessible style. Loved the 'loo-roll' visual aid to grasping the size of our solar system!
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Review by Eileen / (Posted on 04/06/2015)
The course got better as the day went on. I found the teacher's blokey style a bit off-putting to begin with but once he got into the meat of his subject he was excellent. I have since seen the craters on the moon through binoculars and telescope and hope to see Saturn's rings.
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Review by No nickname / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
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Course Code: HS007

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Sun, day, 22 Sep - 22 Sep '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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