An Introduction to Astronomy
The course aims to provide participants with a working knowledge of the night sky and equip them with some of the skills they would need to become a Star Gazing Guide. It will take place on Friday 23rd March 5pm - 9:30pm and Saturday 24th March 9:30am - 5:30pm.
The course provides an introduction to astronomy, from an observational viewpoint, starting with the Earth and its local environment within the Solar System, moving to the Galaxy, and to the Universe at large. An introduction to the connection between archaeology and astronomy will also be discussed and course participants will have the opportunity to observe the night sky (weather permitting). Additionally, participants can achieve 5 ECTS credits towards the Diploma in Local and Regional Studies if they wish to do so by completing the required module assessment at the end of the event. Course Fee: €50 which includes lunch, teas and coffees.
DAY 1 SCHEDULE
17.00pm - Arrival and Registration
17.30pm - Brief Astronomical History
18.30pm - Break
19.00pm - What is a star?
20.15pm - Observing the sky (outdoors)
21.30pm - Conclusion
DAY 2 SCHEDULE
9.30am - Our Solar System and Others
10.30am - Galaxies and Cosmology
11.30am - Dark matter, Dark Energy
12.15am - Overview of Assessment
12.30pm - Lunch (provided)
13.30pm - Origins of Archaeoastronomy
15.00pm - Break
15.30pm - Monuments and Time
17.30pm - Finish
More information about this event can be found here:Astronomy Flyer for Skellig CRI