Spectrum of Space

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Our Spectrum of Space course will reveal the wonders of the Universe in unimaginable ways. Using the electromagnetic spectrum, you’ll learn about the dynamic structure of the Sun; discover how radio is transforming our understanding of astronomy; and how microwaves help predict weather here on Earth.




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

The majority of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is invisible to us humans. In this 6-week online 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?

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 (https://zoom.us)
• Strong internet connection
• A4 notepad and pen
• Folder or ring binder for printable downloads

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?

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: 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

Creative Space is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. Our mission is to educate, inspire and enthuse our audiences by sharing our passion for space.

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