Astronomy for VCE Physics

Learn the VCE Physics Astronomy course through instruction, simulations and your own observations of the night sky.
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By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the motion of the night sky
how to observe celestial objects


  • An inquiring mind
  • access the computer or iPad (preferrably both)
  • access to the internet


This course covers the content as prescribed by VCAA for the Unit 1,2 Physics Detailed Study of Astronomy.

The course includes audio/video instruction, running simulations, analysing images and, importantly, your own observations of the night sky.

The course will take 3 weeks to complete, with 3 lessons per week.

Each lesson typically involves:

- the introduction of the theory (video and/or text)

- experiment/practical activity/night sky observation/simulation exercise

- further reading/references

- quiz

The final lessons will go through revision of course content, then a final test.

Who this course is for:

  • year 11 physics students undertaking Astronomy

Course content

10 sections32 lectures1h 11m total length
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Definitions
  • Introduction to Astronomy questions
    1 page
  • Watching the night sky activity
    1 page
  • Introduction quiz
    4 questions
  • Further reading, things to watch and sites to look at
  • Starry Night software demonstration showing the ecliptic
  • Getting started with Stellarium
  • The Ecliptic as seen from outside the solar system
  • Stellarium ecliptic and key functions


Paul Fielding
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Currently teaching Physics, Mathematics and Science.

Love everything to do with these topics.

I have been teaching for ten years. Prior to this I was an Engineer at a factory manufacturing telecommunication grade optical fibre. Most of the data and voice traffic in Australia and New Zealand travels through fibre that we made.

My first Engineering job was in the electronic design of the head-up display used in the F-16.