Course length: 6 weeks
Start date: TBC
Time: Fridays 8pm – 10pm
Venue: White Rock Hotel
Course code: TSS2010EVE
The planets in our stellar neighbourhood are captivating and we can’t help but have a sense of awe when we spot one in the night sky. The Solar System: Science and discovery will unravel the secrets of our Solar System. You’ll learn about the dynamics of the Sun and the intricacies of the planets, and (hopefully) observe Mars through a telescope! This information-rich evening course is suitable for anyone on a personal journey to understand space and our place within it.
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This six-week evening course will introduce the science of the Sun – how it was formed, how it works and how long it will last! Each of the eight major planets will be studied in detail, together with their moons; identifying their comparative size, composition, classification and orbital position relative to the Sun. You’ll discover how the Solar System began, how it has changed through time, and its place within the Milky Way. Much of our knowledge about the planets has come from space missions, so we’ll be examining many of these too. You’ll also get the chance to learn about asteroids, comets, trojans, centaurs, and many more of the strange and wonderful objects that make up our Solar System. This is a classroom-based course, but if the weather is kind, we should be able to set up a telescope to observe Mars near to its 2020 opposition (opposite the Sun in the sky); this year’s opposition is set to be the best for years. No previous knowledge of astronomy is required.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
After studying this course you should be able to:
- Describe how the Sun works, how it came about, and how it will end its days
- Classify and compare Solar System planets
- List and categorise some of the many Small Solar System Objects
- Demonstrate knowledge of planet formation for each type of planet
- Summarise some of the recent major solar and planetary missions
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- A4 notepad and pen
- iPad with Stellarium app pre-loaded (optional)
- Warm clothes and sensible shoes (for trips outside)
- Folder or ring binder for hand-outs
- Home or mobile internet connection for access to Course Page
The White Rock Hotel, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JU
thewhiterockhotel.com The venue is situated right on the seafront, almost opposite Hastings Pier. We’ll be in one of the hotel’s meeting rooms (up two short flights of stairs) and on clear nights we’ll pop over the road to the beach to observe the nighttime sky. There is a café bar with amazing sea views, serving hot and cold drinks during break time. The hotel is only accessed via steps.
By bus: The 23 and 26 from the east and 23A and 26A from the west stop right outside the White Rock Hotel
By train: Hastings rail station is a 10 minute walk, with trains from Bexhill, Battle and Rye
By car: The hotel is on the A259 coast road, next to the White Rock Theatre and opposite the pier
There’s a choice of Pay & Display street parking and public car parks within close proximity of the hotel. Not far away there’s free street parking after 6pm on restricted roads, and unrestricted parking just a little further away, but still in walking distance. Blue Badge holders can park at the front of the hotel in the Pay & Display bays (unlimited) or on the double yellow lines (3 hours).