Astronomy: a gentle introduction

Course Dates: 03/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: 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.

Roger O' Brien has taught astronomy for the Workers’ Educational Association, the OU, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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  • Astronomy: a gentle introduction

Astronomy: a gentle introduction

  • Astronomy: a gentle introduction

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.You will also need an open mind and a willingness to listen to other points of view in order to participate constructively in the course.

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?

HS001 Astronomy at the UCL observatory - intensive
HS200 Professor Ian Crawford guest lecture: Astrobiology
HS022 Astronomy for fun
HS135 Astronomy in focus - human exploration of the moon and beyond
HS125 Professor Raman Prinja guest lecture: The future of the Universe: From rings around Mars, to the great Andromeda collision and beyond
HS094 History of science
HS201 Cosmic perspectives for world history.

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


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

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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)

Book your place

Course Code: HS008

Please choose a course date 

Sun, day, 03 Feb - 03 Feb '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00

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

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or call 020 7492 2652

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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