Course Code: 1XAP10B21
Start Date: 10/01/2022Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
The course starts with the basic tools of the trade: measurement of distance, brightness and magnitudes of objects. We then look at the Solar System and the history of astronomy from the Ancient Greeks to modern day techniques. Spectroscopy, red and blue shift and the Hertzsprung Russell Diagram then take us beyond the Solar System. The study of stars occupies three sessions: protostars and star birth, main sequence stars including the Sun and then star death with white dwarfs, supernovae and black holes. The search for exoplanets has recently acquired greater emphasis and we will spend one session examining the techniques used to detect and locate these fascinating objects. Galaxies: types, structure and stellar population, including the Milky Way will occupy one session. The final two sessions will study cosmology: Hubble, the Big Bang, and finally some of the unsolved mysteries such as dark matter, dark energy and the future of the Universe.
Visit to Bedford School Observatory.
Supported by software simulations and video. All material is available online.