SP18 Observational Astronomy

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Wednesday April 4

10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Observational Astronomy
Instructor: Stephan Martin
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18; 10 a.m. to Noon
$79 Member / $89 Non-member
Limit: 20 students
Six hours elective credit for BRN Certificate

This course is an introduction to stargazing and astronomical observing. Topics covered include the use of planispheres and star charts to find constellations, bright stars, planets and other objects; the motions of the sky, sun, and moon; understanding and observing eclipses and meteor showers; and the use of binoculars and telescopes for observing deep sky objects. One or more optional evening stargazing gatherings will be scheduled as well. The “Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets,” 4th, updated edition, is required for this class.

Stephan Martin is an astronomer and educator who taught at colleges and universities for more than 25 years. He has lectured on light pollution and its effects on the environment and has offered stargazing and introductory astronomy workshops domestically and internationally. He was formerly the supervisor of the Williams College observatory, where he participated in research expeditions around the world to study and observe solar eclipses.