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Introduction to Astronomical Observations




4.5 Hours


About the Course

This course on observational astronomy will provide a comprehensive overview of the history of astronomy and its development over time. From ancient cross-cultural observations to modern scientific theories, which provides you with a very flexible array of knowledge in any field of astronomy.

You will learn how to observe the night sky with a telescope and observe the stars, constellations, galaxies and other astronomical objects. We will also discuss stellar evolution, the birth, life and death of stars, as well as the nature of black holes and gravitational waves.

Finally, you will be provided with some basic questions and answers and a quiz to test yourself, as well as tasks that require for you to do some basic real life amateur astronomy. Upon the completion of the course, you will have developed the skills and knowledge needed to observe and interpret the night sky, thereby opening the gates to the understanding of the entire universe.

Your Instructor

Anirudh Sharma

Anirudh Sharma is currently a second year Master's student at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His passion for science and physics began in his childhood; He was inspired by renowned scientists such as Stephen Hawking and Richard Feynman and has since been drawn to the field of cosmology. Currently, he am working on a thesis that focuses on the stability of the first super massive stars. Additionally, he has participated in science communication since his Bachelor's degree, and was a co-founder of the first astronomy society at his college. He has experience in hosting workshops and teaching science, and his ultimate goal is to advance science outreach and education.

Anirudh Sharma
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