This online beginners astronomy course is the perfect introduction to the subject. Starting with the basics, by the end you’ll know how to observe the night sky, which telescope to buy and better understand the how the universe works.
All explained in simple, everyday language with no maths or complex jargon.
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Part 1: The History of Astronomy
Key topics: the Copernican revolution and the invention of the telescope
We first started keeping records of the night sky tens of thousands of years ago. You’ll discover how we then learned more about ourselves and our place in space
[image: Galileo’s early drawings of the Moon)
Part 2: The Sun, The Earth & The Moon
Key topics: seasons, phases & eclipses
Explore the interplay between the Earth and the two biggest objects in the sky. Learn why we have seasons, tides, moon phases and lunar and solar eclipses.
[image: 2019 solar eclipse from Chile – ESO]
Part 3: The Solar System
Key topic: the planets
You may have learned the order of the planets at school, but how well do you really know them? We’ll fly through the solar system, taking in majestic gas giants, gnarled asteroids and frigid comets. We’ll see what happened to Pluto
[image: Pluto – New Horizons]
Part 4: The Night Sky
Key topics: stars, constellations, telescopes
People find the night sky intimidating, but it needn’t be. I’ll tell you everything you need to know to observe its wonders, including demystifying how telescopes work and what to buy (and what not to!)
[image: The Milky Way from Chile – my image]
Part 5: Big Telescopes
Key topics: the electromagnetic spectrum, professional astronomy
A look at the best telescopes around the world and in space. You’ll learn how professional astronomers use them to decipher the universe’s secrets
[image: the James Webb Space Telescope – NASA]
I’m a multi-award-winning astronomy author and speaker. My twenty books have sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 21 languages. Plus I’ve written over 200 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal and BBC Science Focus. I also write the monthly Absolute Beginners column for Astronomy Now magazine.
As well as writing a book with the astronaut Tim Peake, I’ve won The Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-Fiction and the AAS Solar Physics Popular Media award. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, I’ve appeared on BBC News, Sky News and Radio 5Live. I’m also lucky enough to have had the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart named after me.
When is this course next running?
I’m busy making this astronomy course available on demand so that you can access anytime and work through at your own pace. It should be ready to go later in 2022.
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