Adult Astronomy Classes

Whether you are just a casual star-gazer or looking to start your journey toward becoming an amateur astronomer, we have the perfect course for you. 

We emphasize hands-on learning that makes science and technology fun with a wide range of courses for adults.

THE NIGHT SKY

Join us on an informative trip through our night sky.  Learn how to locate and identify stars, constellations, deep-sky objects, and other celestial objects.  Explore general sky motions, the celestial co-ordinate sphere, constellation mythology, solar and lunar eclipses, telescopes and astrophotography.  Price includes all handouts, a sky chart, a planisphere, the RASC Beginner’s Observing Guide and evening snacks.  The Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre, Observatory and the DOW Computer Lab will be used throughout the course.  This is also an excellent course for teachers teaching grade 6 Sky Science or for anyone with a general interest in astronomy!  Please call Frank Florian at 780-452-9100 extension 2295 for course details or a course outline.

Dates Available (20 Hours – 8 Instructional Thursday Evenings):
February 5 - March 26, 2015
April 16 - June 4, 2015 

Times: 
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fee: 
$249.00 + $45.00 materials = $294.00 + GST

Location:
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton Dow Computer Lab

How to Register:
To register for The Night Sky or the Star Gazing course please call Edmonton Public Schools Metro Continuing Education at 780-428-1111.

STAR GAZING

Always wondered where the Big Dipper is?  Then journey to the ends of the observable universe under the full dome at the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre for a look at our sky from our own backyard.  Learn to use a planisphere to find objects in the sky and explore freeware astronomy software to show you where stars, constellations and planets are.  Learn more about telescopes in a planetarium show and gaze through powerful telescopes (weather permitting) in the observatory for an up-close look at the Universe.  A great way to start your journey in amateur astronomy!

Dates Available (5 Hours – 2 Instructional Thursday Evenings):
January 22 & 29, 2015
April 2 & 9, 2015 

Times:           
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fee:             
$89.00 + GST

Location:  
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton Dow Computer Lab

How to Register:
To register for the The Night Sky or the Star Gazing course please call Edmonton Public Schools Metro Continuing Education at 780-428-1111.

THE 1-2-3'S OF TELESCOPE USE

Let us show you how to make the most out of your telescope.   Discover how to properly set up your telescope, how to use setting circles to find celestial bodies, what accessories would be useful to you and how to take care and perform proper maintenance of your telescope.  Course fee will include a planisphere and handouts.  Registrants can bring their telescope for this course but it is not a requirement.  If individuals are interested and have the time, they can bring their telescope outside near the Observatory after the formal course ends at 6:00 p.m. to learn how to use their telescope under the real sky (weather permitting) under the guidance of the course instructor.

Dates Available:
March 7, 2015
April 11, 2015 

Times:
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fee:                  
$75.00 + GST 

Purchase a telescope (of a retail value of $300.00 and up) through the
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton Gift Shop and get a voucher to take the “1-2-3’s of Telescope Use” course for free within 1 year of the purchase of a telescope.

After purchse is made, you can formally register in this course by:

1) Selecting the date that you wish to take this course
2) Call our advance sales staff at 780-451-3344 or contact one of our customer service representatives in person at our Box Office
3) Provide your voucher number along with your name, contact information and date of the course. 

Location:
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton Winspear Learning Centres

How to Register:
By telephone at:  780-451-3344
Monday to Friday:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm

In person at our Box Office during regular operating hours:
11211 142 Street NW, Edmonton, AB  T5M 4A1

Schedules:
Class schedule is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Schedules are subject to change without notice. Minimum registration may apply.

Payment:
Payment accepted by cash, Interac, VISA, MasterCard or money order payable to: Edmonton Space & Science Foundation

Registration Deposit: 
A $50 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit is required at the time of registration with final payment due upon arrival.

Cancellation Policy:
The $50 deposit will not be refunded in the event of cancellation.

Substitution of certain program building kits subject to change without notice.

This promotion is only for telescopes purchased through our Gift Shop.