This course provides a broad overview of astronomy to give you an understanding of the evolution of the universe and its constituents. A particular theme is the role played by the known laws of physics in understanding astronomical observation. You will learn about the constituents of the observed universe; appreciate (and be able to explain) the important part played by the laws of physics in designing experiments and making observations – and interpret and understand them. You will also be able to explain the different types of information obtainable from observations across the entire electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves.
You will discover the home of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during your visit to the historic Royal Observatory in Greenwich (founded in the 1670s by King Charles II), and you will be able to stand astride the Prime Meridian, where zero degrees longitude is marked. You will also be able to carry out real astronomical observations using the optical telescopes in-house at the Queen Mary observatory.