NA177 - Astronomy - The Grandest Tour from Earth to the Edge of the Universe NEW

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Course Astronomy - The Grandest Tour from Earth to the Edge of the Universe NEW
Description

Assuming no prior knowledge, as celestial traveller’s we’ll obtain a step-by-step overview of this amazing cosmos, through the full-spectrum eyes of our present golden era of astronomy and the new age of precision cosmology, with a grand tour of the Solar System, galaxy and beyond.
Starting outwards from our favourite star, passing the asteroids and planets of our small corner of the Universe, and beyond into the wider stellar neighbourhood. Taking in cosmic wonders of our Galaxy along the way, from the gentle birth of stars to their cataclysmic demise, pulsars to black holes, we’ll enter the domain of the Local group and super-clusters beyond, formed by billions of galaxies, as many as stars in our galaxy, shaped into vast filaments around vast cosmic voids. This cosmic vista will take in galaxies colliding and cannablising, fantastically sized black holes feasting on stars and illuminating the cosmos over vast distances, and perhaps the most violent of all events as we witness the birth scream of black holes. Finally, taking a peak behind the curtain of the Cosmic Microwave Background to wonder at how it all began in the cosmic fireball of the Big Bang, the origin of all that we know. So if you truly wish to expand your horizons, and occasionally blow your mind in the process, then please join me for this one truly amazing journey as we explore the full ‘Big History’ of our
cosmos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8zZZZzppIM

Required Skills No subject related skills are needed. This is an introductory course.
Teaching Method Theory, discussions and questions. Group work.
Outcomes On completion of the course, learners will have a better understanding of the science of astronomy encountered on television and the media, and the importance of constant new discoveries that are regularly announced.
Materials required Pen and paper for taking notes.
Homework required Learning key facts from week to week, and watching specified YouTube astronomy videos.
Assessment At the start of the course you will be given your own individual learning plan. Your tutor will record your entry level and together you will track your progress and achievements.
Progression to We will support learners to make informed choices about their next steps by providing appropriate individual and/or group information, advice, and/or guidance tailored to need and desired outcomes. Information regarding other available courses will be given, astronomical observing opportunities, and specifically Certificate and Diploma astronomy courses available at Madingley Hall (ICE), and other places.
Textbook Weekly course handouts will be provided.
Duration 8 weeks
Start Date Monday Jan 21, 2019
Course Costs £95.00
Concessions £76.00
Timing-start 7:00 pm
Timing-end 9:00 pm
Course Code NA177
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