Astronomy - 200 Years - William Herschel and the Herschel Dynasty

Ref: C2346642

2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Sir William Herschel. Arriving in England as a young man from his native Hanover, he initially made his living as a musician. Later he was joined by his sister Caroline. A great astronomical discovery in 1781 was to change both their lives, enabling him to become a full-time astronomer. His son John inherited his father's great interest and ability in all things scientific. We will examine the lives and contributions of this great family.

Course aim

To explore the contributions made to astronomy by Sir William Herschel, his sister Caroline and his son, Sir John.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • State two major discoveries made by Sir William Herschel to astronomy.
  • State one major contribution of Caroline Herschel to astronomy.
  • State one major contribution of Sir John Herschel to astronomy/science

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A note pad and paper will be useful. You will need internet access as the course is online.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Astronomy - 200 Years - William Herschel and the Herschel Dynasty

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing