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What is sky candy?
Picture this: A massive, unstable star with its foot on the nuclear gas pedal, speeding through its short life towards an early, spectacular demise. Or a starburst galaxy whose spiral is completely overwhelmed by flame-like plumes shooting out from its core, obliterating every atom in its path. Or an enormous cluster of galaxies, with their incredible mass, bending and amplifying light from the farthest reaches of time and space. What are we seeing? What does it mean?
For all of the amazement we feel looking out into space, there has never been an astronomy program that is laser-focused on what space actually looks like. Certainly, there have been many attempts to illustrate the wonders of the cosmos using CGI and animated simulations, but problems arise when “artist’s renderings” are edited alongside “real” images in an unclear way, causing many viewers to wonder what’s real … and what’s fake.
As science educators, the question to ask is: Why show a simulation of a galaxy, or nebula, or star cluster, when you can show the real thing? There are no simulations in space, only real galaxies, real nebulas and real star clusters. And we’re not talking about blurry pixels or faint points of light. These are the most photogenic and evocative space images ever captured. In a world of augmented reality, computer generated fiction and fake news, Sky Candy is what modern viewers want most: a return to truth.
New for 2021, Sky Candy is a fully-realized online astronomy course, complete with quizzes, educational extras, extended research, community-based discussion, downloadable resources and more. The 18-part course is structured to engage students with ever more challenging topics and themes, starting with the exploration of our nearest neighbours in the solar system, then branching out to the Milky Way and other galaxies, the life cycles of stars, galactic collisions, advanced concepts of time and space, and cutting-edge telescopes, before finally asking the question that drives much of modern-day astronomy: if we are here, do others exist?
Planets and moons in our solar system
The Milky Way, Andromeda, and other galaxies in the universe
Star birth: molecular clouds, nebulas
Star death: planetary nebulas, supernovas
Open star clusters, globular clusters
Galaxy mergers and evolution
Dark matter, dark energy, and other advanced concepts
Major telescopes on the ground (VLT, VISTA) and in space (Hubble)
The search for life in the universe
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to discuss current issues in the field of space science, identify specific astronomical objects (planets, stars, nebulas, galaxies, etc.), and will have gained considerable knowledge about the true nature of the universe in all its complexity and beauty
Suitable for all students by virtue of being entirely non-mathematical, and resonating with profound ideas that will persist long after the course is over
150 minutes of high-quality on-demand video
18 astronomy classes each with streaming video, web links for extended research, and a downloadable quiz, all inside a secure website accessible via computer or mobile device
A community-based forum devoted to the hottest topics in astronomy
Thought-provoking astronomy blog posts
Free downloads including original acrylic-on-canvas space art
For anyone who ever looked up at the sky and wondered what to make of our miraculous universe, there’s lots to experience in the Sky Candy Astronomy School: instruction, debate, exploration, triumph … and magnificent vistas that establish a new high-point in our understanding. Our online community of dreamers and stargazers are connected by more than just passion for the science of astronomy. They are connected by virtue of being human, and the divine knowledge that they are citizens not just of a country or even of a planet, but of the entire cosmos.
Colourful and explosive without any 3D simulations, Sky Candy is more massive and farther out than any other astronomy program, yet connected to us all on a personal level. Culled from the latest and greatest images from the world’s premiere space agencies, everything you see is 100% real, with no enlargements or up-scaling, showcasing only the most mind-blowing scenics in all of creation. This simple premise, which no other astronomy program has ever had the conviction to uphold, elevates Sky Candy to a level of authenticity never witnessed. Until now.
Picture this: A dazzling nebula studded with glowing pink clouds and tendrils of dark dust, harbouring thousands and thousands of budding stars. Or an ancient globular cluster with millions of primordial bodies whizzing through space at 600 kilometers per second, lighting up the darkness like fireworks. Or a spiral galaxy in a hurricane-like swirl, cannibalising a powerless neighbour with unstoppable ferocity. You’ve never seen anything like this before, and you’re not going to believe your eyes. This is Sky Candy.
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