I’m currently deciding on my next Open University course, and spotted course SXR208. It looks cool. Starting in July you get some preliminary work, then in September you spend a week in Majorca at the “Observatori Astronòmic de Mallorca”:
“seven small domes with fully networked optical telescopes, a teaching laboratory, computers with data-analysis software, and a state-of-the-art planetarium. The main observatory building houses three larger telescopes used for research projects.”
It also says that a typical student day starts late afternoon and cotinues until the early hours of the morning. At some times of year you may not be back at the hotel until dawn.
Wow. I want to do that!
It’s £535 for only 15 OU points (out of 300/360 needed for a degree – a typical course is £235 for 30 points), so isn’t cheap. Also that doesn’t include flights, but does include all hotel costs. If anyone reading fancies doing this then please get in touch, I’m far more likely to go through with it if I could go with someone else! Yes, I’m a wuss 🙂 Much more information is available on the course page.