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Our Atmospheric Environment: Air Pollution, Ozone and Climate Change

Air pollution, ozone depletion, and climate change are all consequences of the changing composition of our atmosphere, primarily as a result of human actions. In this course we will learn about the basic science which governs our atmosphere, its weather and climate, as well as the complex interactions which can amplify climate change. The physics of radiation also underpins how satellites are used to provide invaluable data for both weather forecasting and climate studies. COURSE... [More]
Our Atmospheric Environment: Air Pollution, Ozone and Climate Change
$185 inc GST / $167
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Nuclear Energy: The Science and The Challenges

In this course we will examine the nucleus, to understand why some nuclei are stable, but most are not; look at the practical applications of nuclear technology; and explore Nuclear fission, the driver of both nuclear reactors and atomic bombs. Nuclear reactors have been supplying electricity for over half a century, mostly with little inconvenience. However, the worst accidents have been catastrophic. We look at the risks and the safety precautions. COURSE OUTLINE Protons and... [More]
Nuclear Energy: The Science and The Challenges
$138 inc GST / $124
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Hands-On Night Sky

How do you identify planets, stars and constellations? With the help of a yearly sky guide, in this practical course you will learn how to find your way around the night sky. Choosing and using your own telescope will also be discussed. Sydney Observatory’s telescopes and other resources will be used to reveal the basics of astronomy. No prior knowledge required for this course. Please bring a small torch with you. COURSE OUTLINE Meeting 1: What’s up in the sky? Lecturer: Melissa... [More]
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Gravitational Waves – Their Discovery and Significance

This major advance in astronomy was announced with much fanfare in February 2016. What are gravitational waves in everyday terms? Predicted by Einstein in 1915, their eventual confirmation illuminates the structure of spacetime. The mammoth machines used to measure them will be described. By opening a new window on the universe, they will allow fundamental questions to be answered. COURSE OUTLINE Waves – we are surrounded by light, radio and sound, but what are the essential... [More]
Gravitational Waves – Their Discovery and Significance
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