Astronomy Day School: The Latest Developments 2020

Ref: C3675961

In this day-school we will firstly give a brief update on space craft explorations of the solar system including the Mars rover Curiosity, the Juno mission to Jupiter and the ongoing missions to small worlds in the asteroid belt. In April 2019 a revolutionary image was obtained by the Event Horizon Telescope (a worldwide array of radio telescopes) of a so-called super-massive black-hole in a galaxy 55 million light years away – the very first time a black hole has been ‘seen’ directly. We will discuss the significance of this observation for astronomy. In doing this we will review what was previously known about black-holes – these most exotic of cosmic denizens, as well as the galaxies within which these most ‘super-massive’ type reside. We will continue the cosmological theme with a discussion of the recent detection of Gravitational Waves – another revolutionary set of observations which has opened up a whole new way of observing the cosmos.

Course aim

This course aims to discuss the latest 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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • Discussion with other participants

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
  • 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
  • The course may hopefully inspire participants to undertake further study of astronomy and could be good preparation for further WEA courses or distance learning courses.

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Astronomy Day School: The Latest Developments 2020

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

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