A brief introduction to Astronomy (Spring term) (SCE 01)

  • Day and time: Friday 13:30 - 14:30
    Weekly
  • Length of course: 1 term. Spring (6 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 25
  • Start date: 15 January 2021
  • Description:

    This course is intended to provide a basic introduction to a number of the main areas of astronomy: - Cosmology overview (including origin and evolution of the universe) - Our solar system - Stars - an overview of the life and death of stars - Galaxy types and exo-planets - Human exploration of the universe and the technology being used. I am a recent student of astronomy myself, so this is not be an advanced course, so might appeal to anyone who has ever looked at the night sky and wanted to know more about what they see up there. I have used a number of books to build the course content. Two that might be of interest are: The Cosmos, 4th edition, Jay M Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko, and; An Introduction to the Solar System, revised edition, David A Rothery, Neil McBride and Iain Gilmour (both Cambridge University).

  • Format: Lecture

  • Tutor: Jonathan Clough
  • I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a committee member for the Cambridge Astronomical Association, but basically I'm mad about space and love sharing my knowledge.


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