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Crater calculator

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Crater calculator Copyright free image Copyright free: Fredrik / NASA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Sep 2016
How big a crater would be made by an impact from a body hurtling from space? It depends... but our calculator will give you an idea. You can choose...

Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a tour of his laboratory and...

OpenLearn Live: 23rd August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Why are fascists attracted to lightning bolts? NASA reconnects with a sun observatory. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 19th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Aug 2016
The poles that allow athletes to vault; and 25 years on from the Soviet Coup. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 17th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2016
Why swimcaps? Why TWO swimcaps? Then more free learning through the day.

The Perseid meteor shower 2016

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 10 Aug 2016
The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on 11th August and 12th 2016. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with...

10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born)

10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born) Copyrighted image Copyright: Imgur
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Aug 2016
OK, so 2006 wasn't as relentless as 2016, but the year still had some huge news stories. As part of our ten year anniverary celebrations we look at...

OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
When politicians get on the bus; the Ice Bucket Challenge money; Philae fades and newspapers must forget. Learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 19th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
Meet the cosmologist trying to plug the gaps in the Big Bang Theory; explore places that are hotter than our current heatwave and discover how BB8...

OpenLearn Live: 15th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jul 2016
A pioneer in the sky, an expert in reading it, and preserving our journey into it. Then more free learning across the day.

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An overview of active galaxies

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An overview of active galaxies Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the Universe. This free course gives an overview of active galaxies,...

The Sun

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The Sun Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This free course will help you to explore the...

Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets, including scale of the universe from the very large to the very small;...

Motion under gravity

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
From the moment that Galileo dropped two cannonballs of different sizes and weights from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa mankind has been...

Jupiter and its moons

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Jupiter has long been an object of wonder, with its dramatic Great Red Spot, its numerous and varied satellites and the stunning collision of the...

Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere

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Intermediate level Duration 17 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for extraterrestrial life is not only rapdly growing, but has also captured...

Introduction to active galaxies

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But how do we know there are different kinds of galaxy? What are active...

Comparing stars

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour free course that introduces the HertzsprungRussell diagram, an...

Describing motion along a line

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Motion is vital to life, and to science. This free course, Describing motion along a line, will help you to understand why classical motion is...

The restless Universe

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
This degree covers an equal amount of topics in mathematics and science, specialising in applied mathematics and physics at Level 2 and Level 3....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Electromagnetism

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Electromagnetism Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Explore the electromagnetic fields and radiation that pervade the world around you, their encapsulation in Maxwell's equations, and how they...