Introduction to Astrophysics

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Tuesdays, 7–9pm | 18 September – 23 October | 8 January– 12 February | 23 April - 28 May
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Astronomy courses

Explore topics at the cutting edge of modern astronomical research and the limits of human knowledge.

An excellent follow up to Introduction to Astronomy to further investigate the physics of our universe. This six-week course is for people with some prior knowledge of astronomy and a great deal of curiosity; it is an ideal follow-on for those who have studied Introduction to Astronomy, and can also be studied independently.

The course covers Solar System exploration, exoplanets, dark matter and dark energy, cosmology and the Big Bang. 

The course will run three times during in the 2018-19 academic year.

  • 18 September -23 october

  • 8 January - 12 Febuary

  • 23 April - 28 May 


Greg Brown: (18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct)

Edward Bloomer: (9 Oct)

Colin Stuart: (All other dates)