Essential Information

Type Courses
Royal Observatory
Date and Times Tuesdays, 7–9pm | 6-week courses available from 12 Sep 2023; 2 Jan and 16 Apr 2024
Prices £96

This six-week course is for people with some prior knowledge of astronomy who are interested in exploring topics at the cutting edge of modern astronomical research and the limits of human knowledge.

While the course may be studied independently, it is an ideal follow-on course for those who have studied Introduction to AstronomyAfter completing Introduction to Astrophysics, students will be able to progress to our more advanced courses, including our GCSE-level Intermediate Astronomy and our university foundation level Foundation Astrophysics.

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

This course will run three times in the 2023/24 academic year:

  • 12th September - 17th October 2023
  • 2nd January - 6th February 2024
  • 16th April - 21st May 2024

Note: Each course is intended to be run on-site at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, but will transfer to an online course run via Zoom in the case of Covid restrictions. Please only book if you are certain you will be able to attend an on-site course.

Everyone taking a course at the Royal Observatory is entitled to a 10% discount for books purchased from Royal Museums Greenwich - please check with your course tutor for more details!

Age: 16+

Meet the tutor: Giuseppe Nicolosi

Giuseppe comes from Sicily where the skies, in his childhood, were dark and clear. He has been hooked on astronomy since he was 8 years old. He did his BSc in Physics at Catania University and his MSc in Astrophysics at Queen Mary University in London. He is still passionate about it, and is at present looking into the fascinating history of astronomy and how we understand our Universe today by going back to its origins.

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"Very interesting even though I found some of the formulae difficult, no doubt because they are. Many thanks to Giuseppe Nicolosi for his hard work, expertise and enthusiasm" 

Course taker autumn 2022
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