The Latest Developments in Astronomy

Ref: C3671426

In this day-school we will firstly discuss the most recent space missions that have been exploring our solar system. These include the Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity, the Juno mission to Jupiter and the grand finale of the Cassini mission to Saturn. We will then explore the more distant universe and look at the latest results from the Gaia probe - currently making the most detailed map ever of the Milky Way galaxy. We will go on to discuss the realm of the more distant galaxies including exotic active galaxies containing super-massive black holes in their cores. We will look at some of the most distant objects in the universe and discuss what they are telling us about the history of the universe and our place within it.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

This course aims to discuss the latest recent developments in the science of astronomy.

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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major categories of astronomical object that make up the content of the universe.
  • Evaluate the significance of recent advances and discoveries in astronomy made using both spacecraft and ground based telescopes.
  • Explain how astronomy can help us to better appreciate our place in the universe.
  • Explain the connections of astronomy to other sciences.
  • Identify sources of information for further personal study in astronomy.

How will I be taught?

  • Questions and answers, Presentation, Discussion, Other (suggested astronomical observations that can be made in own time)

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • No special equipment is necessary. Just a notebook and pens for taking notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No reading / preparation is required for this course. Maybe taking note of any interesting news items in astronomy would be of interest.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Latest Developments in Astronomy


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  • 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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