Astronomy Day School: The Latest Developments 2019

Ref: C3675078

In this day-school we will firstly discuss the most recent space missions that have been exploring our solar system. These include the recent Chinese missions to the Moon, Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity, the Japanese Hyabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu - an ambitious sample return mission - and the similar NASA mission to asteroid Bennu. In the outer solar system we have the on-going Juno mission to Jupiter and recently the New Horizons mission has flown past Ultima Thule way beyond Pluto. We will go on to explore the more distant universe and look at the latest 'extra-solar planet' discoveries and results from the Gaia probe - currently making the most detailed map ever of the Milky Way galaxy. We will continue into the realm of the galaxies with a consideration of latest cosmological observations and what they can tell us about the history of the universe and our place within it.

Course aim

This course aims to discuss the latest developments in the science of astronomy from the nearest to the farthest realms of space..

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • No special equipment is necessary. Just a notebook and pens if you would like to take notes.

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

Download full course information sheet

Astronomy Day School: The Latest Developments 2019


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing