Price: $225 per person (Sold Out)
Location: Perth Observatory
Date: From the 17th 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
Wednesday, 17th of March

  • Ancient megaliths and their interpretation
  • The ‘original’ Constellations
  • Early observations and measurements
  • Geocentric or heliocentric?

Week 2: The Telescope Era
Wednesday, 24th of March

  • Telescopes, bigger is better
  • Sun & the Planets
  • What else can we see?
  • Hubble, the man & the telescope

Week 3 By The Numbers:
Wednesday, 31st 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
Thursday, 8th of April

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

Week 5: Stars
Thursday, 15th of April

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