Attendee: $300 per person
Location: Perth Observatory
Date: 5 Thursdays from 28th of April
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm (Doors open at: 6:30 pm)
Sold Out

Do you have a passion for space and astronomy but never had the time to study it?

The Perth Observatory has organised a 5-week introductory course so you can learn about our amazing universe. Each week we’ll cover a different topic: ancient astronomy, the Solar System and telescopes, how we find and measure astronomical targets, space exploration and the life cycle of stars. We’ll have a Q/A session with tea and coffee before we head up to the telescopes for some hands-on practical experience. There is homework [optional] associated with this course and the course includes handouts of the relevant data, diagrams and references.

We are delighted to have Arthur Harvey as our presenter for this course. Arthur has been part of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group since 2008 and has run Night Sky Tours and Day Tours for schools and community groups.

Upon completion of the 5-week course, each participant will receive a special Perth Observatory certificate.

Topics we'll cover:
Week 1: Ancient Astronomy
Thursday, April 28th
  • Ancient astronomical structures
  • The 'original' Constellations
  • Southern Skies
  • Before the telescope
Week 2: The Telescope Era
Thursday, May 5th
  • Sun & the Planets
  • Telescopes, bigger is better
  • What can we see
  • Hubble, the man & the telescope
Week 3: By The Numbers
Thursday, May 12th
  • How do we locate things in space?
  • How far away are they?
  • What are they made of?
  • EMR [visible light, IR, UV, radio waves]
Week 4: Space Exploration
Thursday, May 19th
  • Rocketry
  • Visiting the Moon, the Planets & the Sun
  • Colonisation
  • Deep Space
Week 5: Stars
Thursday, May 26th
  • What are they made of?
  • How do they generate energy
  • How do we know
  • Supernova, the ultimate re-cycling

Book Now

To book your spot on the Astronomy 101 Course right now, you need to enter the number of people coming in and then click the date in the booking calendar. A green background denotes there is still space on the course, the red background denotes the course is fully booked and the yellow background denotes today’s date.

Once you’ve done that, click on the Book Now button and that will take you to the checkout section where you can pay for your tour.

You’ll get a confirmation email and on the night the host will ask you for the name the booking was under and then mark you off on the booking sheet.

Step 1: Choose the number of people that are coming