Introduction to Autumn Astronomy
October 29 @ 11:00 am - November 26 @ 12:00 pm£15.00
A course of five lectures in astronomy by Dr. Adrian Jannetta, on Saturdays from 11 am to 12 noon via Zoom.
An introduction to practical and theoretical astronomy for beginners. Learn how to find stars and constellations. Each week will focus on a different constellation visible in the UK night sky and the astronomy they have inspired. We’ll also keep pace with current astronomical events such as aurora predictions, planets, comets and meteor showers.
Week 1 Celestial alignments.
Solar and lunar eclipses are among the most dramatic astronomical events to witness. Astronomers can learn a lot from other kinds of alignments; from the shape of asteroids, to the existence of planets around other stars. We’ll also take a look at the night sky and focus on the easily recognisable constellation Cassiopeia.
Week 2 A brief history of astronomy.
Astronomy is arguably the oldest scientific discipline. How did our ancestors work out the Earth was round? How did they discover the Earth orbits the Sun? Why do we have 88 constellations? What has the Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope shown us about our place in the universe? We’ll continue our tour of the sky and learn how to find the constellation Perseus.
Week 3 Jupiter and Saturn.
Jupiter and Saturn are in the evening sky during Autumn 2022. In this session we’ll take a close look at these two giants of the solar system and their systems of rings and moons. What can you expect to see with binoculars and telescopes? Our night sky tour will focus on the constellation Pegasus.
Week 4 Practical astronomy.
We delve into telescopes this week. What are the different types available to buy? What are the pros and cons of different designs? We’ll also gain an understanding of the magnitude scale of brightness and how we quantify sizes of objects in the sky so you are better placed to decide whether a nebula or galaxy is visible with your own equipment. Constellation focus this week is Pisces
Week 5 Galaxies.
The Milky Way is our home galaxy and for about 100 years we’ve understood that it is one galaxy among trillions in the observable universe. This week we’ll examine different galaxy types and what they tell us about the origin and evolution of the universe. Constellation of the week is Andromeda and practical advice for locating the Andromeda Galaxy and Triangulum Galaxy will be given.
Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will find the Zoom invitation in the Online Event Page on Eventbrite. You will also receive an email with the invitation 24 hours before the event. If you can’t find the invitation, please email email@example.com.