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Astronomy for Beginners Course

Astronomy for Beginners Course


Event details:

  • Location: Clanfield Observatory
  • Fee: £160 for 20 weeks
  • Date: 15th September 2014
  • Time: 19:15 - 21:00
  • Club/Association: Hampshire Astronomical Group
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Astronomy affects our lives in many ways: -

The Sun provides our energy to live.
The Earth’s spin gives us day and night.
The Earth’s axial tilt gives us the seasons.
The Earth’s orbit gives us our calendar.
The Moon causes tides and eclipses.
The Moon plays a vital role for life on Earth

Astronomy is the oldest science and throughout the ages mankind has had a fascination for the night sky. This is a twenty-week course, held on Monday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.00pm at Clanfield Observatory, starting on 15th September 2014 concluding in March 2015. The course is intended to introduce a basic understanding of astronomy with an emphasis on activities carried out by amateurs. (Please bring memory stick on first night).

The Observatory is one of the best equipped in the country, comprising 24, 16 and 12 inch Reflecting Telescopes; a superb 7 inch Starfire, 5 inch Cooke /Beck refractors, all housed in domes. There are also tripod mounted giant binoculars and specialized solar tel-escopes. The course will include use of these instruments, weather permitting.

A well-equipped support building is available, as is on-site car parking.

When applicable, video/DVD and computer generated projection will be employed to assist with the description of the topic under consideration. Course notes will be provided electronically.

The course manager, Robin Gorman, is Past President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group, has been involved in astronomy education for 30 years.

The course tutor, Graham Bryant, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Chairman of the Group. He has been involved in astronomy for over 45 years, and lectures across Southern England and presented at National and International Conferences. He holds qualifications in adult education.

This very popular and successful course has developed during this time to meet the needs of beginners wishing to know more of this fascinating subject.

Topics covered include:

· The Origins and Development of Astronomy.
· The Celestial Sphere - Locating Constellations.
· Instruments for Observing
· Moon and Eclipses.
· Formation of the Solar System
· The Inner and Outer Planets.
· Comets, Asteroids and Meteors.
· The Sun
· Types of Stars, Variable Stars, Double Stars.
· Measuring the Universe
· The Electro-Magnetic Spectrum
· Star Clusters and Nebulae, Novae and Supernovae.
· Exo-Planets
· The Milky Way and types of Galaxies.
· Black Holes, Pulsars and Quasars.
· The Universe.

For more information about the course visit the course page on the Hampshire Astronomical Group website. 

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