Price: Sold Out
225 per person
Location: Perth Observatory
Date: Wednesdays from the 11th of March
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm (Doors open at: 6:30 pm)

Do you have a passion for space and astronomy but never had the time to study it?

The Perth Observatory has organised a 5-week beginners course so you can learn about our amazing universe. Each week we’ll cover a different topic: ancient astronomy, the Solar System, how we find and measure astronomical targets, space exploration and the life cycle of stars. We’ll have a Q & A session with tea and coffee before we head up to the telescopes for some hands-on practical experience. There is homework [optional] associated with this course.

We are delighted to have Arthur Harvey as our presenter for this course. Arthur has been part of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group since 2008 and has run Night Sky Tours and Day Tours for schools and community groups. He is also heavily involved in training our new volunteers.

Upon completion of the 5 week course, each participant will receive a special Perth Observatory certificate.

Topics we’ll cover:

Week 1: Ancient Astronomy
11th of March

  • Ancient megaliths and their meaning
  • The ‘original’ Constellations
  • Southern Skies
  • Before the telescope

Week 2: The Telescope Era
18th of March

  • Sun & the Planets
  • Bigger is better
  • What can we see
  • Hubble, the man & the telescope

Week 3 By the numbers:
25th of March

  • How do we locate things in space?
  • How far away are they?
  • What are they made of?
  • EMR light, IR, UV, radio waves

Week 4: Space exploration
1st of April

  • Rocketry
  • Visiting the Moon, the Planets & the Sun
  • Colonisation
  • Deep Space

Week 5: Stars
8th of April

  • What are they made of?
  • How do they generate energy
  • How do we know
  • Supernova, the ultimate re-cycling