Astronomy: Stars and Planets of the Winter

Ref: C2342712

The dark nights of winter provide an excellent opportunity to find your way around the night sky. Some of the most spectacular constellations are on view and this winter we will also be treated to the brilliant planet Venus. Come and find out about these objects and learn how to recognise them. We will also keep up to date with astronomy and space stories in the news as well as progress on selected space missions.

Course aim

To provide learners with information about objects visible in the winter night sky and how to recognise them. Current astronomy and space stories will be discussed so that learners have an awareness of them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Just plenty of enthusiasm required!

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

  • Recognise stars and planets in the winter sky (from a list supplied by the tutor).
  • Describe current theories about how conditions on Venus and Mars have evolved since these planets formed.
  • State TWO ideas about possible shapes for the universe.
  • Bring to class an appropriate drawing, photograph, article or object that will be of interest to others in the group.
  • Participate in a small-group project.

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • If clear, we will go outside and observe the sky.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring a notebook and pen. Warm clothes required if we go outside on a clear night.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Astronomy: Stars and Planets of the Winter

Enrolment Conditions

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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