The Big Bang, black holes, the 'God Particle', the Sun, Moon and planets. All these topics and more will be explained in the first Astronomy Summer School for beginners being run by Astronomy Ireland!
The brand new Astronomy Summer School begins this evening (Wednesday, July 18th) in Trinity College Dublin, and was developed by Astronomy Ireland to give newcomers to astronomy a good grounding in observational astronomy and how to find one's way around the night sky. Students will learn about the constellations, the Moon and the Sun, the history of astronomy, how telescopes work, and what to see in the night sky, as well as a good overview of the history of the Universe and how it was created.
This course is ideal for those who want to get more out of their stargazing sessions, how telescopes can be used, and where to find celestial objects in the sky, without going deep into the more complex details of astrophysics and cosmology.
"It won't be too long before the evening sky begins to get dark earlier as winter draws in, and the cooler weather will also mean more regular clear nights, ideal for some breathtaking astronomy," said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine. "This Summer School is therefore an ideal way to get started in a new hobby and to prepare yourself for some excellent stargazing later in the year!"
The Astronomy Ireland Summer School will commence this evening, and will run each Wednesday evening for four weeks. The enrolment fee is only €140 for non-members and €100 for members, and group rates can be arranged.
For more information on these classes, please visit www.astronomy.ie/summerschool