Astronomy - Images of the Universe

Ref: C2339116

We will look at some of the landmark, iconic images of the universe taken since photography was first uitlised as an astronomical tool in the 19th century until the present day. What was remarkable about these pictures? How have they helped shape our thinking?

Course aim

We will look at some of the landmark, iconic images of the universe taken since photography was first uitlised as an astronomical tool in the 19th century until the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explain how TWO of the iconic images discussed in class have influenced our ideas about astronomy.
  • State ONE important finding astronomers have made using Hubble Space Telescope observations.
  • Recognise stars and planets in the spring/summer night sky from a list agreed with the tutor.
  • Bring to class a photo, article, book, object etc that will be of interest to other learners.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a pen and notepad.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

Astronomy - Images of the Universe Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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