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?
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