Astronomy and the Cosmos


Tutor: Peter Coates
Duration: 1.5 hours.
Dates: Semester 2, 3 and 4.
Time: TBA
Venue: NA
Delivery: Zoom
Numbers: 25

Prerequisites: None


This course is a revisit to the entire suite of Peter Coates’ astronomy zoom presentations. Assembled from the three astronomy courses run in 2020 and 2021. It will cover the Cosmos and astronomy from A to Z. From the earliest mentions of astronomy and the heavens, back in c. 3000 BC, right up to the latest discoveries and theories such as dark energy and the ever expanding universe.

The three courses mentioned have been re-written so as to make up one continuous naturally flowing course. It has a few added new sessions to round it out. It will run until we run out of material or the course run out of attendees, whichever comes first.

We will look at how the universe came into being, how stars are created and die, why planets orbit suns, how we are exploring outer space and the new planets we seem to be finding everywhere. What is gravity and how does it effect us. And we will not forget the rich history of astronomy and its related sciences, and lots more.

The course will be delivered in a casual and informative way with lots of illustrations and simple graphics which will make apparently difficult concepts easy to comprehend. It will not employ any physics and mathematics beyond the most basic.

Many of the topics can be presented in a single session, some like the history of astronomy will take several sessions. Attendees will not need to fear losing the thread by missing a session as each session will end on a natural break.

Time will be left at the end of each presentation for questions and answers and general discussion.