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The stars are looking down on Wales

Do you want to know about the planets and constellations? Do you want to know more about the night sky? Do you want to learn how to use a telescope? If so, an innovative astronomy course offered by UHOVI (Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute) may be just what you are looking for!

The course is delivered by the University of Glamorgan and aims to introduce anyone with an interest in the night sky to the wonders of the universe, no matter how great or how little their experience.  Through a combination of practical observations and discussions, students will learn the constellations, observe the moon, sun and planets and will learn how to take photos of the night sky, use telescopes and binoculars and view the night sky at arranged sessions in addition to using the Faulkes telescopes in Hawaii and Australia.

The course includes such themes as constellatons, myths and magic: astrophotography; finding your way around the sky; coloured stars and star clusters; galaxies and how to find them and many more.

University of Glamorgan astronomer Martin Griffiths states: 'This course is a unique opportunity for anyone to get to know a little more of our fantastic universe and to enjoy the heritage of the night sky.'

The course will run weeky at The College Rhymney, Whitbread Centre, Rhymney walk, Rhymney, NP22 5XE on Fridays 2-4pm from 7th October 2011.

Students living or working in Blaenau Gwent, caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf or Torfaen may qualify for the UHOVI Bursary Scheme, meaning this course would be free.

If you wish to enrol on this exciting course, or require further details, then please contact: Martin Griffiths on 01443 483329, email mgriffi8@glam.ac.uk or call UHOVI on 0800 1223 220 email enquiries@uhovi.ac.uk

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