Adult astronomy courses

ASTRONOMICAL LEARNING FOR ADULTS AND SENIOR STUDENTS

Paul Payne

Dr Paul Payne designs and presents most of the highly popular Sydney Observatory adult astronomy courses

Exploring the Heavens
Five-week course
6-8:30pm weekly
- Tuesdays 6 May to 3 June 2014
- Thursdays 8 May to 5 June 2014
- Tuesdays 5 August to 2 September 2014
- Thursdays 7 August to 4 September 2014

This highly engaging introduction to astronomy provides a memorable understanding of the planets, stars and constellations of our night sky. A short history of astronomy gives context, and an exploration about different types of telescopes – some of which you’ll use (weather permitting) to explore the night sky. Paul uses 3-D virtual reality media to bring astronomy alive in a way that is not possible with a textbook or Powerpoint presentation.

Prepayment is required to secure your booking. No refunds or cancellations within 1 week of start of the course. Cost: $160 adults (Powerhouse Members, students, school teachers and seniors $140)
Book now or phone 9921 3485.

Hands-on night sky
Wednesday nights starting 21 May 2014 for 6 weeks

How do you identify planets, stars and constellations? With the help of a suitable torch and a yearly sky guide that you will receive, in this practical course you will learn how to find your way around the night sky. Choosing and using your own telescope will also be discussed. Sydney Observatory’s telescopes and other resources will be used to reveal the basics of astronomy. No prior knowledge is needed for the course.
WEA hands-on night sky autumn 2014 flyer
This is a WEA course so bookings are through WEA but sessions are held at Sydney Observatory.
Tutors: Mel Hulbert is a keen astrophotographer and Sydney Observatory Astronomy Educator.
Dr Andrew Jacob is a Curator of Astronomy at Sydney Observatory.
Des Barrett is a Powerhouse Museum curator with a special interest in astronomical history.
Book through WEA

Astronomical concepts
Eight-week course
6-8:30pm weekly
Thursdays, 9 October to 27 November

Astronomical Concepts is an 8 week course that explores the concepts that underpin our understanding of the universe. From the planets to the stars and the cosmos, a few simple concepts help explain much of what we observe in the universe today.

Astronomical Concepts also introduces some of the more elaborate theories, like quantum physics and relativity, and applies them to the latest discoveries in astronomy. Aided with the latest in 3D stereo graphics, the complex is made simple and your understanding of the universe is given a new enlightened dimension.

Prepayment is required to secure your booking. No refunds or cancellations within 1 week of start of the course. Cost: $250 adults, $200 members & school teachers
Online bookings will be available soon.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Understanding Relativity
Six-week course
6-8.30pm weekly
7 October to 11 November 2014

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of relativity, without the aid of mathematics. Created by Dr Paul Payne, the presentation uses computer graphics to develop a strong understanding of how time and space affect the physical Universe. It will look at the theories at the foundation of what is called modern physics — Einstein’s development of the special and general Theory of Relativity.

When purchasing tickets to the Understanding Relativity Education Course with Sydney Observatory, please be aware that there are two prices: 1) Adults – adult/student; and 2) Members – adult/student
* School teachers are free when accompanying a minimum of 2 students.
$190 adults, $160 members & school teachers. Online bookings will be available soon.
Prepayment is required to secure your booking.
No refunds or cancellations within 1 week of start of the course.
Student and seniors concessions apply to Australian card-holders only.

HSC Relativity
One night session

This one night course is for students in year 11 or 12 and teachers. We will provide information here of upcoming sessions. Or you can book a special session any time in the year with groups of 20 to 40. Cost $15 students, $12 members. Teachers accompanying at least two students free of charge. Phone 9921 3485 to book.

Albert Einstein
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of relativity, without the aid of mathematics. Created by Dr Paul Payne, the presentation uses computer graphics to develop a strong understanding of how time and space affect the physical Universe. It will look at the theories at the foundation of what is called modern physics — Einstein’s development of the special and general Theory of Relativity.