The Solar System

Cartoon of inner Solar System

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 evening course will unravel their secrets. You’ll also learn how the Sun works and about an array of Small Solar System Objects.




Melanie Davies FRAS








6.30 – 8.30pm




Live Online


6 Weeks



Once enrolment is complete, full instructions for joining the course will be sent to you by your tutor.

Course Overview

This 6-week online 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 most important moons and best known dwarf planets; 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 Small Solar System Objects. This is an online course, but if the weather is kind, you’ll be encouraged to step outside, to see if you can spot any planets or the Moon.

No previous knowledge of astronomy is required.

How will I be taught?

You’ll join the virtual classroom from home and will interact with your tutor and fellow students in real time. All learning styles are catered for: visual (seeing), auditory (listening) and kinaesthetic (doing). Which means… plenty of live presentations, including images and video; lecture-style talks with Q&As; plus downloadable hand-outs, quizzes and hands-on activities. Once you’re fully enrolled, you’ll be given access to the Online Course Page on Google Classroom, where you can chat to your tutor, download resources, and catch up on presentations if you miss any.

What will I need?

• Computer with built-in camera and microphone
• Zoom download (
• Strong internet connection
• A4 notepad and pen
• Folder or ring binder for printable downloads

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 if I’m uncomfortable with online learning?

Some of you would rather be in a classroom. But until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, this won’t be possible. We’re hoping that during 2021, things will be back to something a little more like normal. If this is the case, we’ll run some of our astronomy courses face-to-face in a classroom in Hastings.

How does online learning work?

To access the virtual classroom online, you’ll need a computer equipped with a camera and microphone. If your computer doesn’t have these, Amazon sell a range of headsets that you can plug in. Then you’ll need to download the Zoom app (it’s free, secure, and easy to use).
Shortly before the start date, your tutor will email an invitation link plus a meeting code and password; clicking the link will take you to the Zoom website, where you can opt to open the application. Click to open Zoom and pop in the code and password, then wait just a few moments to be let into the virtual classroom. You’ll need the code to access the class each week. You can watch a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting here:

If you have any questions, or need more info, get in touch…

“Thank you for providing an inspirational, interactive learning experience that was out of this world!”

Student, The Solar System

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