An Introduction to Astronomy with Mark Eustace

Ref: C2346725

If you ever looked up at the stars and asked yourself some of the big questions about the universe, where it came from and its eventual end then this course will teach you about objects in our solar system, the Milky Way and beyond to make some sense of it all! On the other hand, if you have ever thought about buying a telescope then this is a great place to start as you begin your introduction to different types of telescopes, how they work and which would be best for you. I'll even give you some advice to help you buy that first scope to make sure you get something suitable. Whatever your interest in the night sky, come along and enjoy exploring the final frontier!

Course aim

Join me on a journey through space and time as we look at some of the wonders of astronomy. This course teaches you about telescopes and takes you around the universe visiting various features to explain some key objects, principles and concepts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explain the difference between the three common types of telescopes used by amateur astronomers.
  • State the number of zones in the solar system extending out to the Oort Cloud, name each zone and describe the objects found in them.
  • Describe the structure of the universe.
  • Explain who Charles Messier was and the key types of objects found in his catalogue.
  • Explain the primary and secondary missions of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- What you need: an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam - You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas to receive resources, record your progress and achievements and to work with others. - All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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An Introduction to Astronomy with Mark Eustace

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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