Our Night Sky


Alternate Tuesdays • Noon-2 p.m. • [Zoom]

January 19 • February 2, 16 • March 2, 16, (30 no class) • April 6

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This course is designed as a survey of the night sky, the constellations and other objects we see each season of the year. Learn of the exciting stories about the mythological figures and how to locate them in the heavens. The sun, moon and stars were used for time-keeping and navigation in our ancient past. This course explains how to explore the skies using your eyes, binoculars and a small telescope. This course will prepare you to become that “Backyard Astronomer” that is hiding inside you. This is an exploration of the science, culture, technology and pleasure of stargazing. The focus will be the view from the Northern Hemisphere. These Great Courses lectures are presented by Professor Edward M. Murphy. Each week, two 30-minute lectures will be presented, followed by a question and answer period.

Click here for the class notes for our courses (OLLI members only). PDF File

Click here for the stargazing exercise for the Orion constellation and viewing the international space station (OLLI members only). PDF File

Click here for the Orion constellation and Hopi Indian sites (OLLI members only). PDF File

Click here for instructions on how to make a planetsphere (OLLI members only). PDF File

Click here for Chapter 1 Constellations and their Stars (OLLI members only).PDF File

Click here for Lecture 2 Seeing and Navigating The Night Sky (OLLI members only).PDF File

Click here for Chapter 3 Using Binoculars and Backyard Telescopes (OLLI members only).PDF File

Click here for Chapter 4 Observing the Moon and the Sun (OLLI members only).PDF File

Click here for Chapter 5 Observing the planets with a telescope (OLLI members only).PDF File

Click here for Chapter 6 Meteor Showers, Comets, Eclipses, and More (OLLI members only).PDF File

Instructors/Coordinators: Dennis Hudson and Ellie Monroe