An 5 evening introduction to the night sky. Using 3D graphics, and the real night sky, we explore what is happening above our heads at night. From the Moon, stars, planets, comets, meteors and satellites we explore them all. Each evening will be completed with viewings through the observatory telescopes, weather permitting.
History of Astronomy
A brief history of Astronomy. A western view that follows some of the more significant threads that took us from an Earth centred model of the universe to no centre at all.
We look at the rhythms of the sky. From a day to a year and how they define what we see at night.
We develop a model of the Solar System to aim us in find the planets at night.
The Solar System
We take a contemporary 3D tour of the Solar System. From Mercury too Neptune, visit pluto and comets, and wonder if an asteroid will visit us today?
We start with the Sun, the most familiar and understood star. We explore what defines a star, and how they shine. How does a star form and how does it come to an end? White dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes will feature in this lecture.
The first half of the evening is dedicated to telescopes, how they work and what to look for in a good telescope. To conclude the course, weather permitting, we will take some observatory telescopes outside and observe the night sky.