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Thursday, December 7

Modern Astronomy Evening Class

Adult Education Class in Modern Astronomy
Keswick School starting January 2007

This course is once again being sponsored by Keswick school and is therefore free to participants. Numbers are strictly limited so early enrolment is advised.
The course starts on Monday 15th January 2007 and runs for 10 weeks on Mondays 7-9 pm at Keswick school.
Enrolment is through the Cockermouth Adult Education Centre 01900 823389
If you have any questions about the course content you are welcome to contact me robin@cockermouthastronomy.co.uk

Have you ever wondered……
How this Universe we live in got to be the way it is.
What tools modern astronomers use to explore it?
If you have, then this course is for you!

In the span of a single lifetime our understanding of the Universe, its scale, the way it has evolved and the nature of the objects it contains has changed dramatically. At the same time a revolution has taken place in the way amateur and professional astronomers go about their business.

This 10 week course seeks to make these developments accessible to the casual stargazer or anyone with a curiosity about how our universe works. The course will include practical studies involving the use of professional data from the internet and the remote operation of a large telescope based in a mountain top observatory, as well as a hands on local observing session using a computerised telescope.

The course is designed to appeal to both beginners and those with some background in astronomy. Astronomy is a technical subject however and students will find it useful to have a basic familiarity with using computers and the internet and some basic maths and science knowledge. Additional support is available to those who might wish to explore the course in greater depth.

Subjects to be explored include:-

The scale of the Universe – finding our way around
The modern astronomer’s toolkit
The evolution of the Universe
The life and death of Stars
Our solar system
Life in the universe

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