Backyard Astronomy- Explore the Night Sky with Trevor O'Donoghue

Backyard Astronomy- Explore the Night Sky with Trevor O'Donoghue

7th October 2021
7:00 pm

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Cost: €10.00 (Plus booking fee)

There are a limited number of Free places on this course for those who wish to avail.
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This seven-week course will be an absolute highlight for all interested in Astronomy

The perfect course for young and old alike.

Join us! We would love to have you on board as we explore the night sky, learn about the the solar system, deep sky wonders and even aliens!!

THURSDAY evenings @7pm -8pm via ZOOM

7th ,14th and 21st of October with a break for mid-term and 4th ,11th,18th and 25th November

 

Class 1 – Introduction to Astronomy. Exploring the night sky

Constellations, star patterns, finding your way around the night sky. Star hopping to interesting objects. Apps for finding your way around the sky.

Class 2 – Binoculars, telescopes and cameras.

Understanding how they work and what they are used for. Observing and photographing the night sky. Observing the Sun and the Moon.

Class 3 – the Solar System.

Planets and how to see them. Observing satellites (including the International Space Station), comets, shooting stars, aurora (Northern Lights) and asteroids. Apps for finding satellites and being alerted to the possibility of auroras.

Classes 4 and 5 – Deep sky wonders and distances in space.

Exploring the deep sky. Learning about nebulae, star clusters, different types of stars, galaxies. Catalogues of deep sky objects.

Finding the main examples with binoculars and our naked eye. The life cycle of stars. Deep sky objects are what many amateur astronomers spend their time looking at.

Class 6 – Astrobiology.

Where are all the aliens. Exploring the possibility of life on other worlds.

Class 7 – Irish interests.

Exploring Irish interest in astronomy and space exploration.

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