The AAA offers astronomy-related courses at both the beginner and intermediate levels. Most courses meet once weekly for six weeks. The fee for each course is $60.
At this time, all classes are being held online. Check course descriptions for times.
Registration for each class opens two weeks before the start date. You must be an AAA Member to register for these courses. Not a Member yet? Become a Member.
Thursdays, 7 PM. Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4
Urban AP 101 teaches the use of Planetary Cameras and software (cameras and software designed specifically for this purpose) which go to the next level – pulling surprising detail from small amateur telescopes, even from the heart of the city. We expand on material of previous UAP classes but now focus on telescope astro cams, not on DSLR cameras.
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.
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.
Thursdays, 7 PM. Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 20, 27
Urban AP 102 teaches the use of Cooled CMOS Astrocameras and related software to electronically view and image Deep Sky targets. We emphasize techniques which make a wide range of Messier objects -- Galaxies, Nebulae, and Globular Clusters -- accessible even from light polluted Manhattan skies. Our focus on dedicated astro-cameras and software like SharpCap and PixInsight is different from the DSLR oriented Night Sky Astrophotography Course. We’ll show you how to use technology only widely available since 2015 – which has revolutionized backyard astrophotography -- to unlock distant night sky wonders even from the city.
Wednesdays, 7 PM. January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16
Six different astronomy topics presented by six instructors. More info to come.
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.
Wednesdays, 7 PM. March 30; April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11
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.
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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 email@example.com with your suggestions and topics