Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Class in Descriptive Astronomy

For the last 3 weeks I've been going to a class given by the AAA, or Amateur Astronomer's Association of NY. The fee of $75 covered the class for non-members, and threw in membership as well.

I have taken 2 astronomy classes in college, and enjoyed them to a large degree. Though I don't relish the thought of having to do any math, the basic equations back then were not really hard at all, if you could remember back to high school physics class.

But the AAA class is a descriptive class, meaning that you don't have to do any math. It's really a bit like the Discovery channel science programs. So generally it is non-technical, though obviously it is a science class.

One thing that I do feel needs improvement is the pace of the class, and certainly more detail would be appreciated by yours truly. But time is generally short, and even an hour-and-half class is pushing the limits of some people's attention, mine included.

But if you get a chance, and your local astronomy club gives lectures or a class on topics you'd like to learn more about, please take the opportunity to learn more about our solar system and the galactic neighborhood in which we live.

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