Course length: 6 weeks
Start date: TBC
Time: Mondays 10am – 12pm
Venue: White Rock Hotel, Hastings
This course will reveal the wonders of the Universe in unimaginable ways. Using the electromagnetic spectrum you’ll learn about star formation and the dynamic structure of the Sun; you’ll discover how radio is transforming our understanding of astronomy; and how microwaves penetrate clouds and help predict changes here on Earth.
Most of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is invisible to us humans. In this classroom-based course you’ll learn about the EMS and how we use all parts of it – from radio waves to gamma rays – to transform our understanding of the cosmos. You’ll learn about telescopes and space missions past, present, and future that help us to see the invisible, and how accidental discoveries have led to groundbreaking science! Each week you’ll learn about a different wavelength of light, how it’s applied to astronomy, and its applications in everyday life. There will be practical activities to help demonstrate different wavelengths (solar telescope, infrared camera, parabolic dishes, etc), alongside lecture-style learning, using incredible images captured by telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and with a plethora of space telescopes.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
After studying this course you should be able to:
• describe the electromagnetic spectrum and compare its wavelengths
• explain how different wavelengths of light are used in astronomy and classify space images based on their wavelength
• demonstrate the EMS using everyday items
• use visible light to safely observe and analyse the Sun
• download and use apps for observing the Sun in invisible light
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Notepad and pen
Ring binder for hand-outs
Home internet connection for access to Course Page
Mobile device for downloading apps (optional)
The White Rock Hotel, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JU
The venue is situated right on the seafront, almost opposite Hastings Pier. We’ll be in one of the hotel’s meeting rooms with access straight onto the terrace with uninterrupted views to the south. There is a café bar with amazing sea views, serving hot and cold drinks during break time. The hotel is 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. If you don’t mind a short walk, there’s free unrestricted street parking not far away too. 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).