We are delighted to announce our very popular course Our Place in the Universe will be returning this October. This short and very informal course is aimed at complete beginners who want to know more about the wonders of the cosmos. No prior knowledge or equipment is required.
Over ten weeks, the course takes a season by season look at the stars in their constellations and the mythology surrounding them, before examining the other worlds in our Solar System, we then move out to the stars and nebulae before exploring the galaxies and expanding Universe. We finish by discussing the ever-fascinating question of whether there is life beyond our planet. The course is presented in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with extensive use of beautiful and up to date imagery from the world’s greatest observatories or exciting space missions. If you want to discover the amazing objects we can all see at night and learn just how our planet fits into the wider Universe, this is the course for you.
I have been successfully presenting this course since 2006 and the contents are continually revised to match the latest knowledge. Happily, the feedback from students is overwhelmingly positive and it is gratifying to feel that I am meeting a public demand to find more about what lies beyond our little planet.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Course held?
How do I get on it?
Enrolment for this course must be made through QUB School of Education Open Learning (not through the Planetarium). The course is listed in the Science section of the prospectus. It is on page 134. Alternately you can enrol online.
How much does it cost?
The ten week course costs £64 (Concession £40)
I don’t have a telescope, can I still come to the course?
Yes, it is aimed at beginners and no telescope (or other equipment is required). By the end of the course you might be planning on buying your first telescope!