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Join astronomer and learning consultant Robert Conrad for a one-hour workshop on the art and science of observational astronomy on July 16, 2020. (Elaine Casap)
Speaker Series: The art and science of observational astronomy

Learn that the journey can be more rewarding than the destination (and hone your star hopping skills) in Robert Conrad’s one-hour workshop.

Thursday, July 15, 2020
7:00 EDT
Register here

Are you interested in learning how to navigate the night sky? Do you have a telescope or pair of binoculars and not sure how to use them to their full potential?

Join astronomer and learning consultant Robert Conrad for a one-hour workshop on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Robert has taught two astronomy courses at Simon Fraser University and is the observational director and education co-director for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Vancouver Centre. He has coached hundreds of beginners and amateur astronomers to turn a hobby and interest into a passion. He has studied how people learn and has spent hundreds of hours understanding the challenges that many beginners struggle with and filled the gaps that still prevent enthusiasts from using their telescopes to their full potential.

After attending his workshop, you’ll learn that the journey can be more rewarding than the destination and you will be able to:

  • Use star hopping to navigate around the night sky.
  • Describe how the sky appears to move throughout the night from various points on earth.
  • Plan observing sessions taking many factors into account, including how the sky moves, visible constellations and when the object is best seen.
  • Access the various resources that are available to learn the night sky (including mobile apps, software, planispheres and sky maps).

The full list of Speaker Series talks and recaps is available here.

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