Astronomy

From probable beginnings to exoplanets and supernovas to satellites, let us guide through the visible night sky and beyond with a range of astronomy courses to suit all interests.
  1. Astronomy in focus: 4 talks and discussion on life in the universe from stardust to the Drake Equation

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can there be other forms of life in the universe? Four experts offer short introductions to very different ways of answering that question. This will be followed by questions and answers and discussion with the panel.



    Raman Prinja - We are stardust: covering the origins and distribution of life-giving chemical elements in the universe.



    Roger O’Brien - Earth-like exoplanets: focussing on their discovery.



    Ramila Topalovic - Biosignatures: remote sensing life on exoplanets.



    Francisco Diego - the Drake equation: the astronomy, biology and sociology of extra-terrestrial life.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  2. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy, learning how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, finding planets, and looking safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to know about the origin and future of the universe? Will the universe expand forever? Discuss the latest evidence. Examine the current theories. Repeat the most important cosmological observation ever made!
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Astronomy guest lecture: The Milky Way - our galaxy

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this lecture Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL) will take us through a spectacular tour of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Starting from our local solar neighbourhood, Professor Prinja will explain the latest discoveries of star and planet formation, and massive stellar clusters that feedback to the ecology of our galaxy. Using superb imagery from space and ground-based telescopes, the lecture will discuss the overall form and content of our galaxy, including the oldest stars and evidence for dark matter in its halo. The journey will also take us to the very centre of the galaxy to explore a supermassive black hole. The lecture will conclude with the future evolution of our galaxy and the great collision ahead. Raman Prinja is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL). His main research interests are in the studies of the evolution and properties of the most massive stars in our Galaxy.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  5. Further cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a bit about cosmology and want to know more? There are intriguing results from the Planck Mission. Many people and some theorists want to know what happened before the big bang. Do we need multi-verses, parallel universes, branes, superstrings? What news from CERN? A chance to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Astronomy: a practical guide

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have already enjoyed a gentle introduction to astronomy, here is the next step: what to look for and how to do and find out more. De-mystify some of the specialist software, equipment and terminology of the subject.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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