The 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 its secrets. You’ll learn about the dynamics of the Sun and the intricacies of the planets. This information-rich evening course is suitable for anyone on a personal journey to understand space and our place within it.




Melanie Davies FRAS




5th January 2021 TBC


9th February 2021 TBC


6 – 8PM




White Rock Hotel OR 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 six-week 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’ll go over to the beach, to see if we can spot any planets or the Moon. No previous knowledge of astronomy is required.

How will I be taught?

FACE-TO-FACE: You will be in a classroom with a maximum of nine fellow students. If COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, we will be socially distanced in a large classroom and will all need to wear facemasks when coming closer than 1m to each other, for example for a telescope demo. All learning styles are catered for: visual (seeing), auditory (listening) and kinaesthetic (doing). Which means… plenty of presentations, including images and video; lecture-style talks with Q&As; plus hand-outs, quizzes and hands-on activities. You’ll have access to the online course page once you’re fully enrolled, where you can download resources and catch up on presentations if you miss any.

ONLINE: If it’s not possible to get back to classroom learning by January 2021, or if new restrictions come in half way through, the course will be offered online and delivered via Zoom. You’ll join the virtual classroom from home and will interact with your tutor and fellow students in real time through live presentations and Q&As. The course material will be delivered through live discussions, video, short PowerPoints, downloads and quizzes. Handouts will be available on the course page – you’ll have access to this once you’re fully enrolled.

What will I need?

• A copy of Sky At Night or Astronomy Now magazine
• Philip’s Planisphere (if you have one)
• A4 notepad and pen
• Folder or ring binder for printable downloads
• Warm clothing and sensible footwear for observing on the beach

• Computer/iPad with built-in camera and microphone
• Strong internet connection
• Zoom download (

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?

We would all much rather be in a classroom. But until the Rule of Six is relaxed, this won’t be possible. We’re hoping that by January 2021, things will be back to something a little more like normal. If this is the case, we’ll be running all of our astronomy courses at the White Rock Hotel, opposite the pier on Hastings seafront. If we are still in the grips of this coronavirus pandemic by then, we’ll adapt the courses to run online. We appreciate that this is not for everyone, so if you’ve already enrolled and paid, we’ll offer you a full refund or a re-scheduled course date.

How does online learning work?

To access the virtual classroom online, you’ll need a computer or tablet 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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