Moraine Park offers Intro to Observational Astronomy, Sept. 30-Oct. 9

by abemis11. September 2013 09:11

View stars, constellations and planets using modern telescopes that highlight the mountains and craters on the moon, the cloud bands and largest moons of Jupiter, the remains of supernovae, and even the galaxies outside our own Milky Way.

Discover the wonders of the night sky during “Introduction to Observational Astronomy.”Led by amateur astronomer Jeff Setzer, class participants learn about how stars are formed, the history of the telescope, the structure of the universe and more. Using telescopes, they explore and view the planets and moons of our solar system.

In October, virtually any telescope will show Jupiter's four Galilean moons and their interactions with the planet or its shadow. “Even though it will be low in the sky while class is in session, we will be able to see the major cloud bands on Jupiter itself and the four Galilean moons discovered by Galileo Galilei, in 1609,” said Setzer.

Introduction to Observational Astronomy (CRN 21467) will be held from 8-10 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 9, at Moraine Park’s West Bend Campus. To register for either class, call 1-800-472-4554. Please use course number CRN 21467. Registration deadline is September 16, and price is $44.40 (62 or over $34.30).