Digital Astronomy Workshop

Course length: 1 day
Date: Sept 2020 (TBC)
Time: Saturday 10am – 4pm

Venue: White Rock Hotel
Cost: £50
Course code: DAW2009WEW


In this Digital Astronomy Workshop, you’ll be using a range of apps on mobile devices, plus a VR planetarium. This one-day astronomy workshop aims to ignite curiosity in space and develop digital skills to help you navigate the night sky and plan your observing evenings.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

If you’re interested in learning about astronomy, but are not yet ready to venture outside on cold dark nights, this intensive one-day workshop is a really good way to grasp the subject. Learning about the amazing objects within our Solar System and the Galaxy beyond is perhaps a better way to start this fascinating hobby than buying lots of kit and not knowing what you’re looking at! This course will immerse and engage you with the wonders of astronomy through hands-on activities using iPads, smart phones, and VR headsets. You’ll be actively learning through digital media – including the leading digital planetarium software, Stellarium – punctuated by activities and exercises to consolidate learning. Throughout the day you’ll be learning about the Sun, planets and moons of the Solar System; Messier objects, including galaxies, nebulae and star clusters; you’ll learn about the sizes, composition and distances of these objects. So, by the end of the day, you’ll be ready to point a telescope or binoculars skyward and have a deeper understanding of what you’re looking at! No previous astronomy knowledge is needed for this course, but familiarity with digital technology is a must.


COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

After studying this course you should be able to:

  • Download and use a variety of digital apps for smartphone or tablet
  • Download and operate free planetarium software on your home computer
  • Identify and analyse a number of astronomical targets including star birth nebulae, globular clusters, and supernova remnants
  • Discuss and summarise facts about Solar System objects including planets, moons, asteroids, and dwarf planets
  • Demonstrate knowledge about orbits and the gravitational influence of the Sun

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Notepad and pen
  • iPad with Stellarium app pre-loaded (optional)
  • Smartphone running App Store or Google Play
  • Folder or ring binder for hand-outs
  • Home or mobile internet connection for access to Course Page

VENUE

The White Rock Hotel, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JU
thewhiterockhotel.com

The venue is situated right on the seafront, almost opposite Hastings Pier. We’ll be in one of the hotel’s meeting rooms (up two short flights of stairs) and on clear nights we’ll pop over the road to the beach to observe the nighttime sky. There is a café bar with amazing sea views, serving hot and cold drinks during break time. The hotel is only accessed via steps.

GETTING THERE

 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 opposite the pier


PARKING

There’s a choice of Pay & Display street parking and public car parks within close proximity of the hotel. Not far away there’s free street parking after 6pm on restricted roads, and unrestricted parking just a little further away, but still in walking distance. 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).


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