Summer Time Astronomy

Ref: C2347072

Although the period of darkness over summer nights is fairly short, there is still plenty to explore in the heavens. Take your seats for a guided tour! We will also have a look at the work of some notable astronomers of the past as well as keeping up to date with the latest astronomy and space stories. You may like to research places of astronomical interest in your area that people could visit over the summer.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the stars and planets on view in the summer night sky.

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:

  • Know how to recognize stars and planets on view in the summer night sky.
  • Understand the difference between apparent and absolute magnitude.
  • Identify a place with astronomical connections in your county/region that would be of interest to visitors.
  • Carry out research into topic(s) suggested by tutor or by yourself. If you feel confident in doing so, inform others in class of findings in writing (for publication on Canvas) or verbally. (NB: Presentation of your research is NOT compulsory)

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge is assumed, You may wish to carry out background research between classes,

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Summer Time Astronomy

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