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Registration to the Astronomy Basic Course (ABC) 2014-II is now open

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The ABC starts on Saturday September 6 and registration is now open to the general public. It covers basic Astronomy topics in 11 theory  (see dates below) plus 8 observation sessions.


-When? Theory sessions are scheduled Saturday mornings 9 AM to noon (local time in Hermosillo, 16-19 UT). Observation practices will be held on Saturday evenings. (Note: for walk-in students the first class starts at 8:30 am for orientation)

-Where? You can be in one of the following categories:

  1. Walk-in student.- Class is at the “Eduardo Hinojosa” room at the Department for Research in Physics at the University of Sonora in Hermosillo.
  2. Virtual student.- you take the class via-web (observation session not included)
  3. Virtual groups.- Another form of taking the course via-web, designed for groups (either from an academic institution, amateur association or planetarium)

-For who is the ABC designed? It is open to everyone, but it is designed for people with elementary education. The ABC is at the moment only offered in Spanish, but we are planning to have an English version in the near future. The minimum advised age is 12 (not a mandatory requirement) .

-How to register? To register just email me Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla informing of your interest in taking the ABC, along with general information about you (name, age, location). You can also email me to ask specific questions regarding the ABC. University of Sonora students should also include their Student ID number.

-What do I need? Not much, a notebook is recommended but all materials  used in the course will be made available to you. Owning a telescope is not necessary. Walk-in students will be given stellar maps and a planisphere and will be able to use university telescopes.

-How to pass the course? We don’t use a grade system, but a minimum of 9 assistance counts (out of the 11 classes) is asked to pass, the way to get an assistance count will be explained in the orientation. Note that due to weather uncertainties assistance to observing sessions is not mandatory.  A short exposition on a selected astronomical topic will also be required to each student.  Virtual students will receive information on the course accreditation via email.

Please note that we have a policy of reaching out science enthusiast individuals or groups. In fact the ABC is freely available to you (including any kind of support we can provide) AT NO COST. We only ask you that any ABC material (literature, video, hardware, software or any other form) be used for education/public outreach also at NO COST to the public.

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Course calendar

  1. Philosophy of science. An introduction to the workings and methodology of science.

Teacher:  Pablo Loera                                                                     Date: September 6

  1. History of astronomy. General overview of the development of astronomy from its early stages.

Teacher:  Julio Saucedo                                                                  Date: September 13

  1. Astronautics. General overview of the methods for exploring and living in outer space.

Teacher:  Pablo Loera                                                                      Date: September 20

  1. Observing techniques. The basics of light-matter interaction and its use in astronomy.

Teacher: Pablo Loera                                                                      Date: September 27

  1. Knowledge of the sky and celestial mechanics.  Basic knowledge of the sky  and the physical processes that govern the solar system.

Teacher:  Lorenzo Olguín                                                                                              Date: October 4

  1. Planetary sciences. Structure and properties of bodies in the solar system.

Teacher:  Pablo Loera                                                                                    Date: October 11

  1. Solar physics. Basic understanding of the Sun.

Teacher:  Julio Saucedo                                                                                  Date October 18

  1. Astrophysics.  Stellar distances, movements and populations.

Teacher: Lorenzo Olguin                                                                                Date October 25

  1. Extragalactic Astronomy. Galaxy types, population, evolution and classification.

Teacher: Julio Saucedo                                                                                   Date: November 1

  1. Cosmology. Current cosmological theory, Big Bang and inflationary universe.

Teacher: Carlos Calcáneo                                                                                              Date: November 8

  1. Exo biology. Study of life in the universe using Earth’s biota as an example.

Teacher: Pablo Loera                                                                                      Date: November  15

  1. Final expositions. Student’s end of term expositions will be presented at this date.

Supervisor: Pablo Loera and Julio Saucedo                                            Date : November 22


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