Who is interested in Astronomy?

Showing 1 to 25 of 25

I don't study astronomy for GCSE as my school don't offer it, but I have a huge interest in it. I started in 2009 and I brought a 5 inch telescope last year with which I have seen some amazing things.

I would love to know if anyone else shares my passion for astronomy or if they study it at GCSE or A level?

thanks

Posted: 16-03-12 21:51 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

edexcel do i course on astronomy at gcse level you could take if you were interested i think :) **

Posted: 19-03-12 12:52 by Rayanne :)

I study GCSE Astronomy at the moment. :) it is amazing - my favourite subject! 

There's two pieces of coursework to do where you make your own observations (so you could use your telescope) and then one exam but the theory is so interesting! Some is a bit more challenging but most is quite simple but fun to learn!

Posted: 22-03-12 19:19 by Becky

Becky wrote:

I study GCSE Astronomy at the moment. :) it is amazing - my favourite subject! 

There's two pieces of coursework to do where you make your own observations (so you could use your telescope) and then one exam but the theory is so interesting! Some is a bit more challenging but most is quite simple but fun to learn!

 sounds amazing

Posted: 09-04-12 16:29 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

The course is really interesting (I do GCSE) but it really depends on how good your teacher is. The exam is 2 hours long and the coursework's a pain but once we made cakes as revision aids, best lesson ever :)

Posted: 17-04-12 18:13 by pixiefairy15

My school didn't offer this either unfortunately :(

I really really want to do the Astonomy GCSE course at college, but they give priority to A Level Physics students.

If I wasn't so bad at Physics, I would take up the A Level just to get on to the Astronomy course. Astronomy is the only physics topic that I really understood properly, probably because I was genuinely interested in it :)

Posted: 07-06-12 23:42 by Former Member

I have done the gcse exam in may!

i didn't even realise there was an astronomy club at my school until early this year, and our teacher attempted to squeeze a 2 year exam course in under a year.

It is amazing, i thouroughly recommend it, you learn loads. It's my fave subject now. Don't worry  about how good the teacher is, the course is mainly self taught, but it helps to have a teacher who guides you through astronomy and to help every step of the way.

It does have a some maths and physics involved, but it has tqaught me loads in these 2 subjects too.

the controlled assesment pieces do sound stressful, but i found them really relaxing and interesting. 

Posted: 01-08-12 19:57 by anum

i think it helps a lot to study a subject you are really interested in, so go for it!

ask around your school and the physics teachers. If not, keep at it, and maybe use your telescope to do previous coursework tasks? I'd recommend it- look on the edexel astronomy website:

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/Astronomy/Pages/default.aspx

good luck! 

If you really want to do the exam, then try and find a way to enter yourself in it, and teach yourself using this site. It  has everything you need to know for gcse, but a teacher to guide you is preferable.

http://www.astronomygcse.co.uk/AstroGCSE/New%20Site/IndexNew.htm

Posted: 01-08-12 20:04 by anum

I'm keeping astronomy as a hobby and I'm really looking forward to my holiday next week as we are staying near dartmoor which has some really dark skies, so i'm hoping to see the milky way properly.

Posted: 03-08-12 16:00 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch wrote:

I'm keeping astronomy as a hobby and I'm really looking forward to my holiday next week as we are staying near dartmoor which has some really dark skies, so i'm hoping to see the milky way properly.

sounds cool. I used to have a telescope, but didn't learn how to use it properly, so sold it to my friend amnd brought some binoculars for star gazing and stuff like that.

have lots of fun on your holiday!

Posted: 06-08-12 14:58 by anum

anum Hi, I did see the milky way properly, but not actually on dartmoor, it turned out that our campsite was dark enough to see it and I saw it on 2 nights, the part of the moor I went on was still very dark but a bit hazy so I couldn't see it there, it was also quite scary it was so dark and I couldn't see what was behind me and I kept on hearing noises, they were proberly nothing but I didn't know that at the time. Also saw the ISS on wednesday night and 2 constellations I haven't seen before, sagittarius and scorpius. It was a good holiday apart from sunday where it just rained and rained and rained... so much that the river we were next to almost flooded.

Posted: 11-08-12 20:00 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch :

your holiday sounds quite jam packed!

I've been stuck inside, fasting, and basically being lazy.

Posted: 13-08-12 18:39 by anum

well camping wasn't much fun the first few days, it was raining all the time so we didn't really do much and I was still suffering from toothache and headaches, but from wednesday onwards it got better and we were able to do stuff, my parents like walking alot, so we ended up climbing up a hill on a hot day with no wind, which was there idea of fun! also everynight when it got dark and we switched the camp light on, it seemed that every fly in the world came to our tent,don't get why flys light lights so much? but this was worth it for all the dark clear nights we had towards the end of out holiday and the river in out campsite which was deep enough to swim in.

oops, sorry for going on so much XD

Posted: 13-08-12 19:33 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

... but it's nice just to do nothing for a few days.

Posted: 13-08-12 19:36 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

lol, sounds like there's a lot to put up with! I'd love to go camping, but i hate flies and stuff. Still, it'd be quite nice to go.

At least you got to take advantage of the dark skies for astronomy

Posted: 14-08-12 15:00 by anum

lol, sounds like there's a lot to put up with! I'd love to go camping, but i hate flies and stuff. Still, it'd be quite nice to go.

At least you got to take advantage of the dark skies for astronomy

Posted: 14-08-12 15:00 by anum

yeah, I do my dad was forever moaning that we didn't climb enough hills on the moor, we went to the same place last year and we did that everyday, I do love dartmoor I love how wild and free it is, how you can stand there and see no bulidings at all, but walking all over it in the sun with non wind is unconfortable. We did spend a day next to a river just playing around in it and next to it, so yeah I like the moors just not for walking. It was amazing how much light pollution came from plymouth, it ment you had to drive right into the middle of dartmoor to get away from it, but when you do it's amazing, I think I saw about 3 times as more stars there than at home, and I didn't even have to get my eyes used to it, they were so much brighter too.

Posted: 14-08-12 17:54 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

I think camping is ok for 2 or 3 days but a week is too much, I would like to stay in something with heating, like a caravan or a holiday cottage on dartmoor, that would be nice:)

Posted: 14-08-12 17:55 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

i'm more of a hotels person really, but a weekend camping really interests me. I don't really like the idea of sleeping in a tent for some reason, so yeah, a caravan would be cool.

Posted: 15-08-12 12:11 by anum

hotels would be my ideal but realisticly (can't spell lol) a caravan would be more like it, it has rooms with proper doors and heating and electric and lights, don't think i would survive well in the days before electric lights.

Posted: 15-08-12 17:20 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

I was doing GCSE Astronomy but the teacher cancelled it because they were "too busy" and was give hope when a new Physics teacher joined my school and said I could do it next year XD, one of my fav parts is the magnetic field and sunsposts, aswell as neutron stars and black holes

Posted: 29-11-12 18:02 by Eamon Walker

I was doing GCSE Astronomy but the teacher cancelled it because they were "too busy" and was give hope when a new Physics teacher joined my school and said I could do it next year XD, one of my fav parts is the magnetic field and sunsposts, aswell as neutron stars and black holes

Posted: 29-11-12 18:02 by Eamon Walker

i'm happy just keeping it as a hobby. anyone looking forward to the gemids memetor shower on thursday next week? I hope its not cloudy.

Posted: 04-12-12 17:59 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

going out to do stargazing tonight. first time in about a month due to the rubbish weather.

Posted: 08-12-12 18:24 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

stargazing cancelled due to bad weather last night, so annoying :(

Posted: 09-12-12 18:20 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR