Jewels of the Night Sky

Looking up into a dark sky we can see stars and a few hazy spots. With this course as a guide, we can find and see much more. Within the range of our unaided eyes are objects that are critical to understanding our place in the Universe. With binoculars many more such objects are visible, even from light-polluted cities. We just need to know where to look and what to look for. This course will introduce ways to get the most out of an evening stroll under a clear sky and identify what we can see with binoculars and a telescope. We will introduce a range of astronomical objects and see what we can learn from our observations. Important topics covered include the celestial sphere, the Milky Way, the distribution of star types, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies. We will compare the views given by the naked eye versus the telescopic, and discuss Hubble views and astrophysical descriptions.

Instructor

Robert Dick has taught astronomy at Carleton University for twenty-two years and at the University of Ottawa for two years. He has created and delivered several outreach courses on astronomy for the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology and produced the film The Celestial Sphere for general audiences.

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Looking up into a dark sky we can see stars and a few hazy spots. With this course as a guide, we can find and see much more. Within the range of our unaided eyes are objects that are critical to understanding our place in the Universe. With binoculars many more such objects are visible, even from light-polluted cities. We just need to know where to look and what to look for. This course will introduce ways to get the most out of an evening stroll under a clear sky and identify what we can see with binoculars and a telescope. We will introduce a range of astronomical objects and see what we can learn from our observations. Important topics covered include the celestial sphere, the Milky Way, the distribution of star types, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies. We will compare the views given by the naked eye versus the telescopic, and discuss Hubble views and astrophysical descriptions.

Instructor

Robert Dick has taught astronomy at Carleton University for twenty-two years and at the University of Ottawa for two years. He has created and delivered several outreach courses on astronomy for the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology and produced the film The Celestial Sphere for general audiences.

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Jewels of the Night Sky

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672

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