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An Introduction to Astronomy – Adult Learning Course.

A ten session course exploring the Cosmos with Royal Astronomical Society Fellow Mike Perkins. In the setting of the Malcolm Parry Observatory at the Long Eaton School the course is aimed at all abilities.


No prior subject knowledge is required but an interest in the night sky would be an advantage. The course will start with an introduction to terms before starting at the very beginning of the Universe. Taking in the history of Astronomy as well as explaining many of the processes at work we look at some of the key discoveries along the way. You will learn what we can find out about stars by looking at them, how Galaxies are formed, how stars are born and die through to how to build a planet and more.


Sessions will be split into two sections to cover the Physics behind what is out there in the night sky and then how to observe it. If the weather is favourable there will be hands on observing using one of the many telescopes available at the school in our purpose built observatory.

There will be some reference to mathematics but no complicated maths will be required to enjoy the course. It is intended as an interest course and as such yields no qualification, however a certificate of attendance / completion will be awarded on completion of the sessions.


The cost for the course is £40 which will cover all materials required (attendees should bring pen, pencil and paper for notes). All profits will go towards the upkeep of the observatory. Sessions will run approximately fortnightly, two per month on Wednesdays starting May 3rd 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Booking essential, course fee payable on the first evening.


For more information, syllabus or to book your place, please contact [email protected]  

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