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From Newcastle to the Stars and Beyond

Wednesday evenings starting 4 October 2017, 19:00, for 7 weeks.

For the first time in history we know that there are planets similar to Earth orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Led by Fred Stevenson, we will consider how these extraordinary discoveries are changing our views as to the possibility of life existing beyond Earth.
Other recent developments in astronomy will also be considered – from the space probes currently exploring our solar system to observations of the very distant universe using the world’s largest telescopes. We will take a journey from here to the farthest objects in the universe and see what they can tell us about the origins of both the universe and ourselves.

If weather permits, a practical observing session will be arranged at some point during the course. No previous knowledge or experience of astronomy is required.

Cost: £60 (concessions £50)