Dr Alec McKinnon is offering a couple of Astronomy courses through Strathclyde University’s Centre for Lifelong learning. It's hoped these would be interesting to ASG members and the public. In the current circumstances they’ll be run online, using Zoom.
There are two courses, both six weeks starting 21 April:
Life in the Cosmos, 10.00 – 11.30
For centuries people have wondered if there might be living creatures in the Universe beyond Earth. In this class we first ask, “what do we mean by ‘life’ anyway?” then look at the progress astronomers have made towards answering this question: the possibilities for life elsewhere in the solar system; the existence and nature of planets around other stars; the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). We conclude by looking at future prospects for finding life elsewhere.
Astronomy as the skies get light, 18.00 – 19.30
As spring wears on, the nights in Scotland shorten very quickly but the sky does not lose its interest. After reviewing the regular changes in the sky we take a look at: the bright constellations of spring and summer; The Milky Way; the Sun and the Moon; Northern lights and noctilucent clouds; meteors. You will hear about the natures of the objects being discussed and learn how to see them for yourself.
Both classes are lecture style with plenty time for discussion and questions. They’re most suitable for people with little to no previous knowledge. There’s a fee: £63 in both cases. Enrol at https://mycll.strath.ac.uk/MyCLL/Classes?cid=148&cname=Astronomy
Photos by E Gibson (left) and A Dumitriu (right)
Due to restrictions imposed by the need to follow Government rules and guidelines on containing the Coronavirus, the ASG’s public outreach activities have been suspended until further notice.
When we are back to normal, you can look here for information on public outreach activities. Typically, during the winter months, we will focus on introducing people to the night sky and giving them the chance to observe the Moon, stars, galaxies, and nebulae through a range of telescopes. During the summer, the focus not unexpectedly, will change to solar observing.
You will be able to come along to these events and meet us, whether you are a beginner or an experienced astronomer. If you would be thinking of buying a telescope, you will be able to gain first-hand experience of the various types of telescopes on display.
In the meantime you could check out some of the sources of information and advice available online.
The Society regrets to announce that, due to a change of requirements by Glasgow City Council, it is unable to offer the Stars over the Botanics or Sun over the Botanics events until further notice. We would like to thank all members of the public who have attended these events in the past for their support and we do hope to be able to offer these events again at some date in the future.