The Life of Stars (SCE 21)

  • Day and time: Thursday 13:30 - 14:45
    Weekly
  • Length of course: 1 term. Autumn (10 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 40
  • Start date: 08 October 2020
  • Description:

    This course aims to answer all the questions you might have about stars. Where do they come from, what are they, how long do they live, what happens to them? To answer these, and many other questions, you will learn how astronomers and physicists themselves found the answers; the techniques they used and the theories they developed to explain what they observed. We will range over a wide slice of astronomy and physics; from the first few minutes of creation to the end of all things; from the nucleus of an atom to the entire universe. The course is lavishly illustrated, using the many wonderful images available from modern telescopes. It is largely descriptive, but will use the terms and tools actually used by astronomers, particularly in dealing with the astronomical numbers involved! It is an exciting ride so hold onto your hat!

  • Format: Lecture

  • Tutor: John Wills
  • This is the seventh year that I have presented this course. I post each lecture on Drop Box after it is presented for members to download and keep.


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