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 a 6-week course is $75. A request for a fee reduction due to hardship is welcome and should be sent to Classes@aaa.org. You must be an AAA Member to register. Not a Member yet? Become a Member. 

Registration opens three 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 class’ Google Classroom (GC) after each meeting. Recordings remain available for about four weeks after the course ends.

Accessing the class

Once registration is completed, a confirmation email is sent. It contains the link to the Google Classroom (GC) which is vital, with a Welcome letter and the link to the Zoom classes. Immediately click on the GC link so you are added to the roster of the class.

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

We’re eager to receive suggestions about 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.

Calendar of upcoming classes

These are coming classes. For details scroll through the calendar below this list.

• Astronomy 102: Stars, Galaxies, Cosmos
• Astro News Hour #5, FREE
• Urban Astrophotography: Deep Sky Imaging 
• Valentine Special, FREE
• Radio Astronomy within Multiwavelength Astronomy

Classes under consideration

  • Introduction to Night Sky Photography (using cameras not telescopes)- Spring 2023
  • Physics in Astronomy (2023)-  April 
  • Stellarium Workshop- using the free astronomy app
  • Astrobiology
  • Einstein and Astronomy
  • Enhancing Astro-image Presentations with Music (3-sessions)
  • Preview of the Oct. 14, 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse-July/Aug. 2023
  • Using Radioactive Isotopes as Cosmic Clocks – late 2023
  • Tour and Myths of Southern Constellations  

Past classes

Recurring

Planetary Science, 2022

Zoom
Virtual Event Virtual Event

The physics and processes of planet and planetary system formation.
Wednesdays via Zoom, 7-9 PM
Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14. Note: 7 class meetings.
Click course title for details.

$75
Virtual Event

Planetary Science, 2022

Zoom
Virtual Event Virtual Event

The physics and processes of planet and planetary system formation.
Wednesdays via Zoom, 7-9 PM
Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14. Note: 7 class meetings.
Click course title for details.

$75

ASTRONOMY 102: STARS, GALAXIES, COSMOS (2023)

Zoom

Wednesdays. Jan. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15 online.
Standalone sequel to "101: Solar System". 102 can be taken before 101.
Click title for details.

Astro News Hour #5

Zoom

A FREE, bimonthly, single-evening class about developments in astronomy.
Background presentation with Q&A and class discussion.
Featured story: latest on the asteroid belt.
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, 7-8:15 PM
Click title for details.

Valentine Special, 2023

ROMANCE UNDER THE STARS
A free presentation of constellation stories. Monday, Feb. 13.
Click course title for details.

Radio Astronomy within Multiwavelength Astronomy (2023)

Wednesdays, 7-9 PM online. Feb 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 12
Part I- Introduction to waves and multiwavelength astronomy spanning gamma, X-ray, UV, visible, IR, microwave, radio.
Part II - focus on radio astronomy, major radio telescopes, and key revelations about the universe uncovered by radio waves.
Two instructors.
Click class title for details.