Courses 2020 Overview

 

 

We are offering the following courses this year.
Advanced courses on Monday nights in Term 1 , 3 and in Term 4.

There are no Novice courses for the remainder of 2020.

 

Are there any prior requirements for attending our courses?

Just the one.
You need to have an interest in what happens in space outside our planet. We are not missionaries trying to “convert” anyone, just because we happen to be seriously interested in astronomy ourselves. Throughout history humans have looked up in amazement at the night sky and today the large majority of all people can still sense this amazement. In addition, in the present day it is hard to escape from all the publicity about new discoveries and new exploration programmes in astronomy and space science.

If you bring this spark of interest then our courses will help you to light your flame. This is our primary mission.

We are not just showing pretty pictures, although there is a wealth of mind boggling imagery out there. We do not shy away from talking about serious science, but our second mission is to explain topics in normal English so that anyone with an interest can understand it.

 

Any age restrictions?

Not really. We have had children as young as seven who actively participated. And no matter how old you are, as long as you have your marbles more or less in a row s l300 our courses are for you too. And of course anyone in between is welcome too!
We really enjoy having young people in our courses. Astronomy is a gateway science and it opens doors of interest to underlying sciences like physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and also history, mythology, and the humanities; just about any science really.

In our experience, the best combination is when a parent or caregiver brings sons and/or daughters. They operate as a team and take discussion home to the dinner table. That is just about the best form of education for young and adult alike.

 

Novice or Advanced?

This is only a marginal categorisation. With Novice we focus on people who haven’t taken any of our courses before, but that does not restrict access to the Advanced sessions.

For those who really enjoyed any of our Open Nights and want to do more stargazing under guidance, we have the course The Rhythmic Sky Hands-on. This course has observing as a priority whenever it is clear, and for the rest explains how and why the Sun, stars, Moon and planets move in the sky. This year we also include telescope basics and telescope handling in this course. Call it “Open Nights on steroids”.

In the other courses we leave planet Earth and take you on a tour through the Universe. That is why we have the progression Exploring the Solar System (in Novice), Leaving the Solar System, Exploring the Milky Way and our brand new course Going Deep.

 

How long are our courses?

All courses run nominally for six consecutive weeks and we follow the school Terms. We plan the dates so that there is a seventh week before the end of Term, included in the course fee if there is an interest.

 

At what times?

In principle from 7 pm to 9 pm. The start at 7 pm is precise and if you come late, you not only miss something but you also disrupt the course for others. So please come a little earlier to settle in and let us start at 7 pm sharp. At the end we do not look at the clock when we are having an interesting discussion. Often when it is clear we also do some stargazing afterwards. So we are very relaxed about the end time. We do understand that some will have an early rise the next morning so we do not present an essential course component after 9 pm.

We always have a short break at about 8 pm and serve coffee, tea, coco, juice and some nibbles.

 

What to bring?

Most people use phones to take notes. Besides all our course material is available online, also after the course.
When you expect clear skies, do bring warm clothes. Our teaching space is heated, but when we open the dome we are fully exposed to the outside.

 

Where we are

Check out the Where we Are item in the website menu.
Our courses will be held either in the observatory (the Rhythmic Sky course will be held there in any case) or we can use one of the classrooms in the school which is at about 50 metres walking distance.

 

Any other questions?

Look at the other menu items for detailed course and enrollment information.

For other enquiries on our courses use the Contact Us menu for Course Info.