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Astronomy: One Full Year Condensed Into A Flex Semester-Join Anytime! 17 Weeks

Science & Nature

Introduction to Astronomy

This is a first introduction to astronomy, intended for ages 11-16 and over, for future Amateur Astronomers in the making?
David Norris MSc
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I aim to promote an interest in astronomy as a hobby, it also serves as a potential entry route into other areas of scientific study, which in 2022 can only be a good thing. 
Ifirmly  believe that some working knowledge of science is essential in today's world, and an interest in astronomy can follow on to related interest in other areas of science. For example, if a learner were to ask, "why is there life on Earth, and where else might it exist?", it can lead to wider discussion of what makes for an environment where life is likely to develop. All forms of biology are subject to the laws of both physics and chemistry, and this leads on to discussion of the evolution of life on Earth, and how it may differ in other environments.
This lesson is merely an introduction, but future lessons will develop the subject further. I am, naturally , open to comments and suggestions of topics for future lessons.
As this in an introductory class, this will be arranged subsequently if appropriate. It will consist of a short written excercise on a topic chosen by the learner and appropriate for their age group.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
A short written asssessment will be provided on request, for example, from a parent or high school teacher. This may be as a contribution to a school project, for example. I will be open to such requests and will discuss requirements with parents and/or teachers.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Although astronomy is a generally safe hobby which can be persued at any age, there is one important warning to be given. Although there is much to be seen using the unaided eye, it is a natural progression to use a telescope or binoculars for viewing. This comes with one important safety  warning.
The one and only thing you must NEVER attempt to look at using a telescope or binoculars is the sun. It is horribly dangerous. The sun is unimaginably hot and bright and the focused heat (infra red radiation) can cause instant blindness and is also a fire hazzard. For this reason please provide adequate supervision and only observe when the sun is fully below the horizon, i.e before sunrise or after sunset). Your eyes cannot be replaced and even a moment's exposure could be tragic.Children should not use any optical aid without adult supervision.


David Norris MSc
Lives in the United Kingdom
Former Engineer and Security Officer
1 total review
3 completed classes

About Me

I am looking forward to teaching! Its nice to meet you! I believe that in today's world, in the 'information society' knowledge is power. I believe that teaching is best if it is interactive, fun and engaging, So, a little about me.

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