Spectrum of Space

Our Spectrum of Space evening 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.




Melanie Davies FRAS








7 – 9PM




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

The majority of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is invisible to us humans. In this 6-week course you’ll learn about the EMS and how we use all parts of it – from radio 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, alongside lecture-style learning using incredible images captured by telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and with a plethora of space telescopes, plus videos, Q&As and quizzes. . 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?

• A4 notepad and pen
• Folder or ring binder for printable downloads

• Computer/iPad with built-in camera and microphone
• Strong internet connection
• Zoom download (https://zoom.us)

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
• Demonstrate the EMS using everyday items
• Classify space images based on their wavelength
• Download and use apps for observing the Sun in invisible light

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: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ.

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

“The visuals were awesome and I had no idea just how much of space was invisible. This course really opened my eyes.”

Student, Spectrum of Space

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