Exploring the Heavens – Week 4

The main focus for this week was 'The Characteristics of Stars'. For this lass I was back to my usual Tuesday class time, and I had been looking forward to this session for quite some time. The session started outside at the observatory waiting for the ISS to fly across the Sydney sky at 30,000 … Continue reading Exploring the Heavens – Week 4

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Exploring the Heavens – Week 3

The topic for this week was 'The Characteristics of the Solar System'. The main items covered were the formation of the solar system, the planets and other celestial bodies such as comets and asteroids. Due to being ill this week I attended the Thursday class instead of my usual Tuesday class, but the format was … Continue reading Exploring the Heavens – Week 3

Astronomy at Questacon in Canberra

Questacon in Canberra has a pretty cool section on space and astronomy. Check out the pictures I took in the gallery below. A few of the highlights from this exhibition. NASA WMAP WMAP is the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe It launched on June 30, 2001 Has mapped fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation … Continue reading Astronomy at Questacon in Canberra

Exploring the Heavens – Week 2

The focus of this week's class was Celestial Rhythms and the development of the constellations. We started the class upstairs in the observatory and outside on the balcony with Paul describing our session and then identifying a few of the objects on display in the night sky, including a crescent Moon. Paul described how the … Continue reading Exploring the Heavens – Week 2

Exploring the Heavens – Week 1

On Tuesday 3 May I attended the first week of my new course on astronomy at Sydney Observatory. The course is titled 'Exploring the Heavens' and is led by Dr Paul Payne. The structure of the course is as follows: History of Astronomy Celestial rhythms The solar system The stars Telescopes So the course started … Continue reading Exploring the Heavens – Week 1

Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy Design Project

Earth's twin: No oxygen, no water, scorching temperatures and a runaway greenhouse effect. What else do we know about our closest neighbour, Venus? Arizona State University's AST111 Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Design Project evidence Learning objective Describe the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system. Project goal "Venus favours the bold" - … Continue reading Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy Design Project