In-depth Astronomy

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In-depth Astronomy builds on the content introduced in our Astronomy for Beginners course. This intermediate evening course introduces subjects including the Big Bang, galaxy evolution, star formation and planetary science. You’ll also learn about supernovae, nebulae and black holes.




Melanie Davies FRAS




19th April 2021


5th July 2021


6.30 – 8.30pm




Live Online


10 Weeks



Once enrolment is complete, full instructions for joining the course will be sent to you by your tutor.

Course Overview

If you’re already armed with a little knowledge of astronomy and space and you’d like to explore this fascinating subject further, then this course is for you! This online, 10-week course has been designed with the amateur astronomer in mind, so you don’t need to do any maths or complicated physics to enjoy the content.

Concepts like the Big Bang and hydrostatic equilibrium are explained in simple language to suit all abilities. Starting with the Big Bang, you’ll learn about the cosmic web and the formation of the earliest galaxies; how these galaxies evolved over time to form the giant ellipticals and spirals we see today; and how we can tell that the Milky Way developed from a series of mergers by studying globular star clusters. You’ll discover how solar systems are formed from giant molecular clouds; and how stars live and die due to cosmic recycling. This course contains plenty of theory, delivered in lecture-style presentations with lots of downloadable resources, exercises and quizzes to embed learning. And you’ll be encouraged to do your own research and to present your findings to your fellow students.

Some basic 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 (
• Strong internet connection
• iPad (or equivalent)
• Stellarium app for mobile (around £2.70 from App Store/Google Play)
• A4 notepad and pen
• Folder or ring binder for printable downloads

After studying this course you should be able to:

• Discuss a range of astronomical concepts
• Classify galaxies and contribute to current research
• Describe molecular clouds and explain their role in cosmic recycling
• Demonstrate knowledge of how our Solar System formed
• Explain astronomical terms and use a wide range of astronomical vocabulary

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:

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

“Really enjoyable and interesting. Your enthusiasm is catching. Will definitely sign up for another course. Thank you.”

Student, In-depth Astronomy

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