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Introduction to Astronomical Observations

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.

Specific topics covered in the course are:

  • Introduction to observational astronomy;
  • History and basics of astronomy;
  • Amateur astronomy;
  • Advanced astronomy;
  • Auxiliary topics.

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.

About Instructor

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

Anirudh Sharma - Master's Student