Astronomy in our Everyday Lives

Ref: C2347075

In this one-hour introduction, we will consider a few of the ways in which astronomy and space science influences our lives. How do we know what the time is? What's the date? What's the weather going to be like today? What's the best route from A to B? We will attempt to answer some of these questions and hopefully inspire you to find out more by yourself.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction into how astronomy is used in our everyday lives.

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 why calendar reforms have been necessary throughout history.
  • Name an everyday use of a spin-off from space technology.
  • State how the date of Easter is calculated.
  • Explain why leap seconds are sometimes added to a year

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge assumed. Please bring a notebook and pen although all slides and handouts will be uploaded onto Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Astronomy in our Everyday Lives

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