Explore the Universe

Explore the Universe Beginner's Observing Certificate

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The Explore the Universe Observing Certificate is the first RASC certificate aimed at the novice astronomer. First offered in 2002, this program is designed to:

  • Stimulate an interest in observational astronomy.
  • Introduce good observing practices and techniques.
  • Provide an introduction to all aspects of visual astronomy including stars and constellations, lunar, planetary, deep sky, double stars and several optional activities, including variable stars.
  • Encourage active observing programs in Local Centres.

One of the special features of this program is that it can be completed entirely using binoculars and the unaided eye. A choice of objects is provided so that you can start the program at any time of the year and easily complete the requirements in three to six months time. Handy recording and application forms are available from a link at the bottom of this page.

Here is a summary of the Explore the Universe program requirements:

Observing Objective Required Available
Constellations and Bright Stars 12 24
The Moon 16 32
Solar System 5 10
Deep Sky Objects 12 24
Double Stars 10 20
Total 55 110

Want to get started? Download the Explore the Universe program requirements (English) and start your observing program today!

Application Procedure

Once you have completed your Explore the Universe certificate you can apply for your Certificate either through the RASC Society Office or through the observing committee at your local RASC Centre.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:08pm