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  • A trip to Mercury

    By Professor David Rothery

    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European...

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    18 Jul 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2018
    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to...
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    The Search for a New Earth

    Stephen Hawking believes if mankind is to survive we only have 100 years to colonise another planet… Can we? 

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    08 May 2018

  • The Search for a New Earth

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    Stephen Hawking believes if mankind is to survive we only have 100 years to colonise another planet… Can we? 
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    The 21st Century Race for Space

    Brian Cox discovers whether the space billionaires can make mass space flight a reality.

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    08 May 2018

  • The 21st Century Race for Space

    Introductory level Updated 08 May 2018
    Brian Cox discovers whether the space billionaires can make mass space flight a reality.
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    03 May 2018

  • OU on the BBC: Stardate: Transit of Venus

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 May 2018
    Rare encounter Venus passing in front of the sun was a rare event - find out its significance in The Transit of Venus.
  • Stephen Hawking in his own words

    In this tribute created by the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking reflects on "a glorious time to be alive...

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    14 Mar 2018

  • Stephen Hawking in his own words

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2018
    In this tribute created by the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking reflects on "a glorious time to be alive doing research"
  • Stephen Hawking: A brief history of his timeline

    Time travel might not be possible, but you can join us for a trip through Stephen Hawking's remarkable life.

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    14 Mar 2018

  • Stephen Hawking: A brief history of his timeline

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Mar 2018
    Time travel might not be possible, but you can join us for a trip through Stephen Hawking's remarkable life.
  • Stephen Hawking: The tributes

    Famous theoretical physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking had died aged 76. Here, academics from around the world pay...

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    14 Mar 2018

  • Stephen Hawking: The tributes

    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 14 Mar 2018
    Famous theoretical physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking had died aged 76. Here, academics from around the world pay tribute to the scientist...
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    Coming soon: Exoplanets

    This brand new free course will explore our Galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many great...

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    01 Feb 2018

  • Coming soon: Exoplanets

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Feb 2018
    This brand new free course will explore our Galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many great surprises.
  • What is a super blue blood moon?

    Three moon-related oddities come together for one night only (at least, one night since 1866 anyway). A quick video...

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    31 Jan 2018

  • What is a super blue blood moon?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jan 2018
    Three moon-related oddities come together for one night only (at least, one night since 1866 anyway). A quick video can explain it all...
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    Just six numbers

    By The OpenLearn team, Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow

    To Professor Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, the essential nature of the cosmos and the evolution of the...

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    29 Jan 2018

  • Just six numbers

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    To Professor Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, the essential nature of the cosmos and the evolution of the entire world have been determined by just six...

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    In the night sky: Orion

    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    05 Jul 2018

  • In the night sky: Orion

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 05 Jul 2018
    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky,...
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    Galaxies, stars and planets

    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;...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Dec 2017

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    This free course is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets,...
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    The Moon

    As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon has long been an object of fascination and speculation. This free...

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    6 hours

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    26 May 2017

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    As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon...
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    An overview of active galaxies

    Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the Universe. This free course gives an overview of active galaxies,...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    24 Mar 2016

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    Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the...
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    The Sun

    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...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Mar 2016

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    The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and...
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    Jupiter and its moons

    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...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    21 Mar 2016

  • 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...
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    Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere

    The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for extraterrestrial life, is not only rapdly growing, but has also captured...

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    17 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    16 Mar 2016

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    The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for...
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    Introduction to active galaxies

    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...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

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    The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But...
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    Comparing stars

    Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour free course that introduces the HertzsprungRussell diagram, an...

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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

  • 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...
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    The restless Universe

    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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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

  • 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...