Astronomy for Absolute Beginners

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Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve

Ellingham Drove

Ringwood

BH24 3PJ

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Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and discovering deep space?

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This 4 week course is suitable for absolute beginners and will open up your eyes to the amazing night sky as well as teach you how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye.

Taught by Stephen Tonkin of Fordingbridge Astronomers, if the night is clear you will have the opportunity each week to put what you have learnt into practice with an observation session, of about 1 hour (it gets a little chilly after that!).

The course is running on Wednesdays 15th, 22nd and 29th January and 5th February 2020 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

Course Structure

Week 1: What is Astronomy? An introduction to help you get started on your astronomy adventure and make sense of the night sky including constellations.

Week 2: Observing Equipment Helping you understand the characteristics of different aids as well as how to choose and set up your telescope. We will also look at the value of binoculars for astronomy.

Week 3: Deep Space This session takes us to deep space and the various classes of deep space objects such as galaxies, clusters and nebulae. You will learn how to observe them and discuss what they teach us about the universe.

Week 4: The Solar System Most of us can name some of the objects in the solar system, in this session you will delve deeper and learn not only the various bodies that make up the solar system but also solar system phenomena such as eclipses and meteor showers.

If the sky is cloudy you will have the opportunity to discuss various topics such as Extra-terrestrial Intelligence, the Size and Age of the Universe, the Danger of Asteroid/Comet Impacts on Earth or a subject chosen by the course participants.

Is this course for me?

This course is designed for complete beginners who are interested in learning more about the night sky.

When and where?

Wednesdays 15th, 22nd and 29th January and 5th February 2020 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Please meet at the Education Centre, Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Ellingham Drove, Ringwood, BH24 3PJ

The Education Centre is on the south side of Ellingham Drove, marked by a large wooden cut out of a Kingfisher.

Please note the Nature Reserve is not signposted from the main A338 Ringwood to Salisbury road and sat nav can mis direct you at the Ellingham Crossroads - when turning off the A338, follow signs to Moyles Court and Linwood. The Education Centre is the first turning on the right hand side once you have turned off the A338.

Before booking, please ensure you read the Course Booking - Terms and conditions

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Stephen Tonkin is an active member of Fordingbridge Astronomers. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for over 30 years and has written books and magazine articles on practical astronomy. He is currently a STEM ambassador with a special brief for astronomy and has a monthly column in BBC Sky at Night magazine, for which he also writes equipment and book reviews.

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