astronomy

We are really excited to introduce a unique new Astronomy course to our subject range.

Astronomy is the study of the stars and other celestial objects in space and it is a natural science that interests many people; which is why we have chosen it as a new course to offer our students.

What Is Astronomy?

Primarily the study of stars, astronomy also looks at many other objects in space such as moons, planets, galaxies and nebulae. Dating back to ancient Greece, astronomy is one of the oldest sciences of them all. Prehistoric cultures would study the stars by looking up at the sky, creating observations and naming individual stars and planets which were visible to them.

The subject of astronomy progressed from the invention of the telescope in the 1600′s. Although Hans Lipperhey was the inventor of the telescope, it was actually Galileo Galilei who first used the telescope for the purpose of looking up into space.

Today, astronomy is studied in two separate parts; observational astronomy and theoretical astronomy.

There are other closely related subjects to astronomy such as cosmology, which is the study of the history of the universe. This looks at the big bang and concepts such as string theory, dark matter and dark energy.

Astrology was once related to astronomy, when astronomers studied zodiac signs in relation to the alignment of the sun and certain constellations. However, it is no longer related as astronomy is not classed as a science anymore.

Astronomer

Our Course

The new Astronomy course takes every student on an exciting learning experience through the complexities of the solar system.

The course itself is written by one of the leading experts in astronomy, who has designed this course especially for My Distance Learning College. It shines through in every aspect of the course materials that this course has been written by someone who has a genuine passion for astronomy, and every student will be able to share in this enthusiasm.

You will learn how to understand stars, comets, occultations, eclipses, the wider universe and much more.

Here are the eight course modules you will work through:

  • The solar system
  • The minor and outer planets
  • Comets, meteors, eclipses and occultations
  • The stars
  • Galaxies
  • The universe and celestial sphere
  • Techniques and observations
  • The 12 months of star charts
Planets in space

Some other great advantages of this course are that it doesn’t have any entry level requirements and there is no final exam. The course is assessed by a multiple choice quiz and upon completion you will receive a My Distance Learning College diploma.

For more information on this exciting new course visit our website and see how you can enrol today!