Classes

The AAA offers astronomy-related courses at beginner and intermediate levels. Most meet weekly for six weeks. At this time classes are online via Zoom. Check course descriptions below. 

The fee for each course is $60. You must be an AAA Member to register. Not a Member yet? Become a Member.

Registration opens two weeks before the start date and closes two weeks after the first class. Class members can review the material or catch up if they were absent by watching class recordings. Links to the recordings are sent to class members and posted in the GC after each meeting. Recordings remain available for about four weeks after the course ends.

Once registration is completed an email is sent with the link to the Google Classroom (GC) which contains a Welcome Letter with instructions and the needed Zoom link. 

Got an idea for a class? Please let us know!

We’re eager to receive suggestions for the classes, including topics that may not have been addressed yet. Also we encourage members to present individual talks or classes on subjects they are familiar with and would be willing to share with other members. Send an email to classes@aaa.org with your suggestions and topics.

Upcoming classes
>> Double click on a course title to see details once they are posted and to register once registration has opened.

Recurring

Urban Astrophotography 102: Deep Sky Imaging

Zoom

Thursdays, 7 PM. Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 20, 27; field night TBD

Light pollution has a huge impact on the way we perceive the night sky from New York. But readily available technology gives us great tools for taking photos and doing real time electronic viewing right through the light dome.

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Recurring

Introduction to Night Sky Photography

Zoom

Tuesdays, 7 PM. Oct. 26 (NEW), Nov. 2, 16 (field day), 23, 30; Dec. 7

Don’t put your camera away when the sun sets! Learn how to shoot the night sky with landscapes with a digital SLR or mirrorless camera and ordinary lenses (not through telescopes). How to shoot well composed and exposed starscapes, night sky landscapes, eclipses, the moon, astronomical phenomena. This will be an in-depth course about wide field night sky photography.

$60
Recurring

Astronomy 101: The Solar System

Zoom

Wednesdays, 7 PM, Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 1, 8, 15

An introduction to astronomy and the Solar System. Hierarchy and motions of objects in space. Distance measurements. Thumbnail sketch of history and physics of astronomy. Details of the Solar System: sun, moon, planets, asteroids, meteors, comets. Seasons and tides on Earth. Recommended for new AAA members and interested friends/family, and as a review for continuing members who want to take our more specialized classes also.

$60
Recurring

Astronomy Smorgasbord

Zoom

Wednesdays, 7 PM. January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16

Six different astronomy topics presented by six instructors. Topics include Amateur Spectroscopy, 2022 Astronomical Calendar, Cell Phone Sky Shots, Sound and Images in Presentations, Astronomy on the Ceiling of Grand Central Terminal, Basics of Telescopes and Observing.

Recurring

Astronomy 102: Stars, Galaxies, Cosmos

Thursdays, 7 PM. Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17

Astronomy 102 explores the universe beyond the Solar System. We discuss how and when the universe began, the formation of stars and galaxies, its expansion, and probable future. We study how astronomers measure great distances and how stars generate their tremendous energies. We will explore how elements are produced in stars, the structure and types of galaxies, and exotic objects like neutron stars and black holes.

Recurring

CLOCKS, CALENDARS, COORDINATES, ORBITS

Zoom

Wednesdays, 7 PM. March 30; April 6, 13; May 4, 11, 18

The measurements of time in hours, days, months, and years has astronomy roots. Historically, calendar dates were particularly complex to fix in all cultures because the Earth, moon, and sun have revolution rates that are not simple multiples. Objects in the sky and in space are assigned coordinates using different systems. These coordinates are vital to determining and specifying the motions and orbits of space objects. It takes six parameters to specify an orbit. We explore these themes.