Hands-On The Universe

$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Hands-On The Universe

<p>In this hands-on introductory course we will consider some of the exciting concepts of modern astronomy such as the birth and death of stars, the search for life and the mysterious dark matter that

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In this hands-on introductory course we will consider some of the exciting concepts of modern astronomy such as the birth and death of stars, the search for life and the mysterious dark matter that permeates the Universe. With the help of a suitable torch and a star map that you will receive, in this practical course you will learn how to find your way around the winter night sky. What can you see in the night sky apart from the Moon and planets and how do you find them? How can you take your own stunning photographs of the night sky? There is also time to view through Sydney Observatory’s telescopes.


COURSE OUTLINE
Meeting 1: What’s up in the Winter Sky? Tutor: Melissa Hulbert
Practical night: What can be seen in the winter sky? What does the brightness and colours of the stars tell us? We also take a look at amateur astronomy and the roles amateurs play in astronomy.


Meeting 2: Lives of the Bright and Explosive Tutor: Andrew Jacob
The formation of stars; the structure of stars; the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram; the evolution of stars; the main sequence; red giants; planetary nebulae; supernovae; white dwarfs; neutron stars; black holes.


Meeting 3: Early Western Astronomy Tutor: Des Barrett
A survey of important ideas in astronomy, from Aristotle to Isaac Newton. The work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Travel back in time to participate in recreations of some of astronomy’s most important ideas.


Meeting 4: Galaxies and Extra Terrestrial Life Tutor: Andrew Jacob
A look at galactic and extra galactic objects such as clusters; nebulae; the Milky Way; the Magellanic Clouds; galaxies. What catalogues can we use to find these objects? We also discuss life in the universe – is it there and can we find it?


Meeting 5: Cosmology Tutor: Des Barrett
Theories of the origin of the Universe; the big bang theory; redshifts; the three degree background radiation; the inflationary Universe.


Meeting 6: Say Cheese! Imaging the Night Sky Tutor: Melissa Hulbert
How to take images of the night sky and the Sun. What equipment do you need? What is the difference between webcams, DSLRs and CCDs and which is right for you? How do you process your images?


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. List the main kinds of objects in the winter sky.
  2. Discuss the life histories of stars, galaxies and the Universe.
  3. Understand the main roles of amateurs in astronomy.
  4. Summarise the development of astronomical ideas.
  5. Understand astronomical catalogues and how to use them to find galactic and extra galactic objects.
  6. Discuss the origins of our Universe.
  7. Understand how to image the night sky and to process images for presentation.