The Dakota Science Center is offering “Community Astronomy 101,” on Tuesdays from Oct. 26 through Dec. 28, at the Amundson Classroom at the East Grand Forks Heritage Village.
Participants in the class, which runs 7-9 p.m., will learn about the fundamentals of the science of astronomy, constellations and black holes.
The sessions will cover not only mathematics and theory, but also provide hands-on experience with telescopes, cameras and binoculars, according to Laura Munski, who directs the Dakota Science Center.
“If you ever thought about what kind of telescope to buy, or how to use a telescope that was given to you, this too is the class for you,” Munski said in a news release.
Members of the Northern Sky Astronomical Society will train participants on how to use different telescopes and how to find objects in the sky, she said.
The course, taught by a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory rocket scientist, will include a one-hour lecture and a one-hour observation demonstration.
The sessions cover the same content taught in a college introductory astronomy class, she said. “This course will be fun; astronomy is something everyone can do if they just look up into the sky.”
The cost, $75, includes all materials.
Heritage Village is located at 219 20th St. N.E. in East Grand Forks.