Astronomy Courses in London

From probable beginnings to exoplanets and supernovas to satellites, let us guide through the visible night sky and beyond with a range of astronomy courses to suit all interests.
  1. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Science guest lecture by Professor Ian Crawford: The new science of astrobiology and the search for life in the universe

    Course Date: Fri 15 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this talk Professor Crawford will summarise the new interdisciplinary science of astrobiology -- the search for life in the universe. The talk will begin by describing the planetary and evolutionary context of life on Earth and it's implications for finding life elsewhere. Building on this perspective, the talk will consider the prospects for finding life, or evidence for past life, elsewhere in our Solar System, for example on the planet Mars and the icy moons of the outer solar system, before moving on to consider the potential habitability of planets recently discovered orbiting other stars.



    Ian Crawford is an astronomer and planetary scientist, and is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society. Ian's research focusses mainly on lunar geology, including the possibility of finding economically useful resources on the Moon, and on the search for past or present life on Mars.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  3. Astronomy at the UCL observatory, Mill Hill

    Course Date: Mon 8 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    An intensive course with unique access to the facilities of the UCL Observatory, including practical experiments and solar observations. Learn how stars live and die, the characteristics of the variety of planets that orbit them and discover the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Tutors: UCL staff including Dr Francisco Diego.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  4. (Credit: NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A. Mellinger)

    Science guest lecture from Professor Raman Prinja: The future of the Universe: From rings around Mars, to the great Andromeda collision and beyond'

    Course Date: Thu 11 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at UCL, looks at the biggest question of all: the future of the universe. A lecture illustrated with superb imagery from powerful telescopes which explores some of the latest thinking in astronomy on this most challenging topic.





    Raman Prinja's main research interests are in the studies of the evolution and properties of the most massive stars in our Galaxy. He has been awarded the the Pol and Christiane Swings research prize and is a multiple winner of the UCL Teaching awards.

    Beyond research and teaching, Raman is keen to promote astronomy to wider audiences, and has written several successful outreach-level books, including the award winning titles 'Science Crazy','Night Sky Watcher' and most recently 'Planetarium'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  5. Further cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a bit about cosmology and want to know more? There are intriguing results from the Planck Mission. Many people and some theorists want to know what happened before the big bang. Do we need multi-verses, parallel universes, branes, superstrings? What news from CERN? A chance to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Professor Ian Crawford presents cosmic perspectives for world history

    Course Date: Fri 24 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will present a short scientific history of the world from the Big Bang to the evolution of Homo sapiens. It is intended to lay a foundation for subsequent studies of human history, and to provide a deeper historical perspective for such studies.



    Ian Crawford is an astronomer and planetary scientist, and is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Astronomy for fun

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have already enjoyed a gentle introduction to astronomy, here is the next step: what to

    look for and how to do and find out more. De-mystify some of the specialist software,.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Astronomy in focus: Human exploration to the moon and beyond. Prof Ian Crawford and other experts offer short presentations followed by panel debate

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the year of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, Professor Ian Crawford, Francisco Diego, Radmila Topalovic and Roger O'Brien offer four short talks on key areas of human exploration, followed by panel debate and discussion.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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