Astrophysics Masterclass

Over the past hundred years, physicists have expanded our vision of the universe and our place within it. We now know that the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the stars in the night sky, and the galaxies containing these stars stretch millions of light-years across space. These galaxies are rushing apart from each other at an ever-increasing rate, as the universe expands under the mysterious action of dark energy. How many other extraordinary complexities exist, in forms perhaps impossible for us to imagine, in the endless reaches of the cosmos?

The Astrophysics Masterclass provides an exciting insight into some of the greatest discoveries of the past century. Students will learn how to calculate the distances to stars and galaxies, determine the age and expansion rate of the universe, explore the properties of black holes, and determine the composition of distant stars and planets using modern astronomical techniques.

Classes containing between 14 – 16 students will combine lectures with problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

This course is ideal for students who may be considering physics or a related discipline at university, but it will also be of interest to those who simply wish to understand more about the universe and our place within it.

‘We are all connected. To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don’t know of any deeper thought.’

Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organisation of the entire tapestry.’

Richard Feynman

 

‘It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but it took five billion years to make human beings!’

George Gamow

Practical Details

The Astrophysics Masterclass is open to students aged 15 – 18, and will take place on Sunday 25th February.

The venue for this course is the University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details here.

The cost of the one-day Astrophysics Masterclass is £95 per student.

Partial fees bursaries are available for students who would otherwise face financial barriers to attending the course – please see here for details.

To book a place or places at the Astrophysics Masterclass, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0845 519 4827, email info@debatechamber.com, or book online.