“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” (Carl Sagan)

How has the relationship between the earth and the celestial bodies influenced and shaped our world since the beginning of time, both physically and culturally?

One of the oldest natural sciences, astronomy and our relationship with the extra-terrestrial goes to the heart of the ancient civilisations. From a time when the celestial objects were seen to be part of the world of the gods to the first calendars, navigational instruments and Galileo and the invention of the telescope. Like it or not, we are inexorably drawn to explore and discover forces, phenomena and worlds beyond our scientific understanding. No wonder that the ancient philosophers were also astronomers, seeking to discover our place in the universe and time.

In the classroom, at home, in an observatory, or abroad. Join the mission to discover the secrets of the universe.

Potential Themes

  • The moon, the sea, gravitational forces and weather
  • Copernicus, Galileo, Einstein and gravitational waves!
  • Black holes, dark matter, the big bang, parallel worlds and the bending of time and space

  • The aurora borealis - stunning waves of light or gods and spirits from another world?
  • Super novas, nebulas, asteroids, comets and the sun
  • Colonisation of Mars - possible or desirable? 

  • Mythology of the stars and planets
  • Physics and chemistry of the known universe
  • Star gazing!

Astronomy, Space and the Universe

Beyond infinity

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