Astronomy for Beginners

Book now for Tuesday 25th October 2022 at 7pm

Will be delivered on the ZOOM platform

Call 086 06 46 555 or join online now!

*Please note class fees can not be refunded*

Astronomy Ireland is the world’s most popular astronomy society.

It has been running evening courses for beginners for many years. Thousands of people have taken these courses since then, making them by far Ireland’s most popular astronomy classes.

Everyone is welcome to the course whether you are a member of Astronomy Ireland or not, in fact if you are not a member we will make you a member by including a subscription to Astronomy Ireland magazine so that you will be kept up to date after the classes with all the latest developments in space.

The course begin on Tuesday 25th October 2022 and run for 8 consecutive weeks for 2 hours starting at 7PM. This course is suitable for young and old alike. No knowledge of astronomy, science or maths is needed. You can just sit back and enjoy the 8 classes.

Course Content

The course is given over a period of 8 weeks and covers the following topics.

Introduction to the Night Sky

Find out about the night sky and many amazing sights such as the Milky Way

The image to the below shows the Milky Way, the galaxy that the Sun is a part of. It’s so large it takes light about 100,000 years to cross it. Earth is about 25,000 light-years from the centre of the Milky Way.

The Sun and the Moon

Learn about the Sun and the Moon; their history, how they affect us here on Earth and how they interact during an eclipse

The image to the right was taken during the 2006 solar eclipse that was visible over Siberia, Russia.

The Planets and Stars

Learn about the planets that make up our Solar System, and how other stars compare to the Sun

The image to the right shows the Sun, the eight planets and the five of the largest dwarf planets. The sizes of the planets and Sun are scaled although distance is not.

The History of Astronomy

Learn how astronomy has been studied through history by people including the builders of Newgrange

Newgrange is over 5,000 years old, making it older than both Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza! Every winter, on the morning of the shortest day, the rising sun shines directly into the passage leading to the tomb in the centre.


Learn how to set up and use a telescope yourself

Deep Sky Objects

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is.” – Douglas Adams – Take the chance to find out for yourself just how much Douglas Adams got things right when he said that.


Learn about cosmology, the history and the fate of the universe

Exoplanets and the search for life beyond Earth

Learn about the search for new planets beyond our Solar Systems and the life that we might find there.

Booking Details

Members €135

Non Members €195 (includes subscription to Astronomy Ireland magazine)

You can also pay by debit or credit card by calling (086) 06 46 555 Monday to Friday until 5:30pm. Any enquiries regarding the classes should be sent to

Printable Booking Form (Word Document downloadable from HERE) should be accompanied by a cheque/postal order/bank draft and posted to Astronomy Ireland, PO Box 2888, Dublin 5., or fax with credit card details to (086) 06 46 555 Mon-Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm.