An introduction to astronomy – Summer 2017

Tarantula Nebula - NGC 2070This course will take you on a journey starting with the Earth and explaining the essential building blocks needed for life to exist. Next you will explore the solar system and the Milky Way, moving on to look at the observable universe and current views about what the universe is made of. Einstein’s theory of relativity and the Big Bang will also be part of our study. You will learn about the night sky and how to make sense of it as well common types of telescopes, and may have the chance to use a special telescope to look at the Sun. It may also be possible to visit a local observatory subject to availability.

Tutor – Mark Eustace
Fee £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 2 May 2017
Course Ref – C2337182

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to


Introduction to astronomy – Spring 2015

Astronomy Amateur 3 V2The dark nights of winter provide an excellent opportunity to get to know the stars and planets. We will learn how to recognise them and find out about the fascinating objects found in our universe. Additionally, on 20 March, there is a partial eclipse of the sun and we will discuss how to make the most of this event.

Tutor – Ann Bonell
Fee – £53.00 (discounted £47.70) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Saturday 10:00am – 12:45pm, 5 meetings from 21 February 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to