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UC Communiversity offers a wide variety of hands-on personal enrichment and professional development courses (adults of all ages).

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How to Use Your Telescope
Monday October 28 from 7-9pm
$39.00

Do you have a telescope sitting in the closet or over in the corner and you would love to use it if you only knew how?  Do the dials and knobs leave you mystified? Intimidated? Which end do you look through? There is all of these various pieces that do what? Perhaps you know how your telescope works (sort of), but you’re not sure what to do with it.  You say you can find the Moon, but beyond that the telescope just won’t cooperate.  Fear not!  The answers are all here.

However much you know or don’t know about YOUR telescope, I guarantee you will leave with enough knowledge to take on your scope, one-on-one, and come out victorious.  We start with the sky, and end with your eye.  Your telescope will forever be your friend (until you get a bigger friend!).  Bring your telescope along, cardboard spyglass or Hubble wannabe, and we’ll make this a hands-on learning experience.  By the way, if you don’t have a telescope, but want to find out what kind of telescope you might want to purchase, come join the party.  You will also come away confident in your future purchase decision.

Dave Bosse is an Instructor of Astronomy at the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching at U.C for over 40 years.  An avid amateur astronomer since the 1960’s, Mr. Bosse has experience with hundreds of telescopes of every conceivable design.

Found in Space: the Solar System's Minor Bodies
Wednesday October 30 from 7-9pm
$39.00

Since the 1970s, our understanding of the solar system has been reshaped by a series of marvelous space probes and rovers.  Planets that at one time were seen as static and passive objects are now recognized as wonderfully dynamic celestial bodies.  But every bit as amazing as the majestic Jupiter and the regal Saturn are the moons, comets and asteroids that are often lost in shadows of the more familiar luminaries.  This course explores the latest discoveries that reveal that the minor bodies of the solar system are every bit as lively, mysterious and fascinating  as anything yet discovered.  

About Your Instructor: Terry Endres is a presenter with the Cincinnati Observatory Center and teaches astronomy at Cincinnati State.

Night of 100 Astronomers
Tuesday November 5 from 7-9pm
$39.00

Name an Astronomer. Come on, name one. Who do you think of? Carl Sagan? Galileo? Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Aristotle? Is there ONE Astronomer that everyone thinks of?  That Hubble guy, whoever he was. Didn’t he make a telescope?
How about an Astronomical idea? The Sun is a star? When did we learn that? What is the Sun made of? How did we figure that one out? How about the expanding Universe? Who ordered that? The Big Bang? The awesome distances to the stars; to galaxies?

Man has been looking at the sky ever since he could look at the sky. There have been thousands of Astronomers over the millennia and they all learned from each other in sequence.  Isaac Newton said “If I have seen further than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”  This class means to give you a whirlwind tour of the giants; at least about 100 of them. This is the history of Astronomy as told by the Astronomers. From the early Greek Thales predicting an eclipse in the 6th century BC to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish for directly detecting gravitational waves in 2015.

Come find out who discovered what, when, how they did it and why they are important enough to be included in the top 100 “giants.”

About Your Instructor: Dave Bosse is an Instructor of Astronomy at the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching at U.C for 40 years.

Tour of the Universe
Tuesday November 12 from 7-9pm
$39.00

Explore space from the Earth and beyond! Fly past the moon, the planets, the stars, and galaxies to the edge of what is known. Bring your questions about the Cosmos, and our Observatory Scientist will answer as many as he can. View through the oldest operational telescope in the country, weather permitting.  Ad Astra!

About Your Instructor: Aaron Eiben is a self-proclaimed nerd with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently the Outreach Scientist of the Cincinnati Observatory, where he shares his passion for the Cosmos with everyone he meets

Binocular Astronomy
Monday November 18 from 7-9pm
$39.00

Sure, binoculars aren't exactly the Hubble Space Telescope, but they are actually quite capable astronomical instruments that provide a unique and refreshing view of the Celestial Heavens. When both of your eyes get involved with seeing, a synergy takes place in your brain that enhances the image beyond what a single retina can deliver.  They are easy to use, highly portable, require little maintenance and come in a great variety of designs and price ranges.

In this age or rampant light pollutuion, binoculars can provide the extra edge necessary to see beyond the few hundred stars (at best) offered by 21st century urban skies to see some of the wonders of skies from decades past.  Even common binoculars will reveal the constellations more intimately, the phases of Venus or the moons of Jupiter.  There are even dozens of deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and such) visible in expensive binoculars.

Large or small, name brand or not, bring along your binoculars; we might actulayy be able to do some viewing if the weatherman permits.  If you are in the market for binoculars and would like to find out what kind would be most practical for you, come join the party.  And, oh, by the way, we'll talk quite a bit about the sky as well!  There's a lot more up there than you might realize!

About Your Instructor: Dave Bosse is an Instructor of Astronomy at the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching there for 40 years.

Behind the Scenes at the Observatory
Tuesday February 4, 2020 from 7-9pm
$39.00

Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future. The Moon will be viewed through the telescope following the program, weather permitting.

About Your Instructor: John Ventre is the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Tour of the Universe
Wednesday March 11, 2020 from 7-9pm
$39.00

Explore space from the Earth and beyond! Fly past the moon, the planets, the stars, and galaxies to the edge of what is known. Bring your questions about the Cosmos, and our Observatory Scientist will answer as many as he can. View through the oldest operational telescope in the country, weather permitting.  Ad Astra!

About Your Instructor: Aaron Eiben is a self-proclaimed nerd with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently the Outreach Scientist of the Cincinnati Observatory, where he shares his passion for the Cosmos with everyone he meets

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