Looking at the Night Sky

Ref: C2340264

How do you find your way around the night sky? How to stars and planets form? Depending on time we shall also look at planets orbiting other stars and discuss some aspects of modern astronomy. We shall use discussions and tutorials and since this is designed to be a practical course it is hoped (weather permitting) to be able to observe some of these objects using telescopes owned by the Lincoln Astronomy Society

Course aim

The aim is to introduce learners to the night sky, life and death of stars, the formation of planetary systems and an introduction to cosmology

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • An interest in the night sky and how stars and planets form.

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

  • Recognise common constellations
  • Be able to use a planisphere
  • Able to understand the workings and use a telescope and a pair of binoculars
  • Show a basic understanding of the life cycle of stars
  • Show a basic knowledge of the Solar System

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
  • Yo may have the option of doing additional activities but they are not compulsory.

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
  • You will be encouraged to do additional research using NASA and ESA web pages.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Students will be encouraged to make their own learning journey by recording observations in a note book..

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Looking at the Night Sky

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  • 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 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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