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  • Exploring comets: A short introduction Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain

    Exploring comets: A short introduction

    By Professor David Rothery

    As Rosetta brings us more knowledge of what comets are, Dave Rothery celebrates a growing understanding of these...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Oct 2017

  • Exploring comets: A short introduction

    Exploring comets: A short introduction Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Oct 2017
    As Rosetta brings us more knowledge of what comets are, Dave Rothery celebrates a growing understanding of these hurtling space rocks.
  • As Cassini reaches the end, we should prepare the next mission Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Idaho
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Sep 2017

  • As Cassini reaches the end, we should prepare the next mission

    As Cassini reaches the end, we should prepare the next mission Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Idaho
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Sep 2017
    What Cassini taught us about Saturn's moons is a start. We look back at its amazing journey, and Monica Grady argues we should now be thinking about sending...
  • The Material World: On Chesil Beach (getting closer to Titan) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: ESA / NASA / JPL / University of Arizona
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Sep 2017

  • The Material World: On Chesil Beach (getting closer to Titan)

    The Material World: On Chesil Beach (getting closer to Titan) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: ESA / NASA / JPL / University of Arizona
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Sep 2017
    The OU's planetary scientists spend time on Chesil Beach, simulating the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
  • The Search for a New Earth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Sep 2017

  • The Search for a New Earth

    The Search for a New Earth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 11 Sep 2017
    Stephen Hawking believes if mankind is to survive we only have 100 years to colonise another planet… Can we? 
  • The 21st Century Race for Space Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Tom Beard ©Sundog Pictures

    The 21st Century Race for Space

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

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    07 Sep 2017

  • The 21st Century Race for Space

    The 21st Century Race for Space Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Tom Beard ©Sundog Pictures
    Introductory level Updated 07 Sep 2017
    Brian Cox discovers whether the space billionaires can make mass space flight a reality.
  • Does it snow on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

    Does it snow on Mars?

    By Professor David Rothery

    A new study - and photographic evidence - suggests that sometimes it snows on the Red Planet. Dave Rothery explains...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Aug 2017

  • Does it snow on Mars?

    Does it snow on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    A new study - and photographic evidence - suggests that sometimes it snows on the Red Planet. Dave Rothery explains how.
  • Why does it matter that the Sun's core rotates faster than the surface? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: NASA/SDO
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Aug 2017

  • Why does it matter that the Sun's core rotates faster than the surface?

    Why does it matter that the Sun's core rotates faster than the surface? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: NASA/SDO
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    New research has found that the Sun spins at different speeds. Stephen Serjeant explains why that's important.
  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    The Perseid meteor shower 2017

    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors,...

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Aug 2017

  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017

    The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2017
    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with...
  • What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum)
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Aug 2017

  • What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?

    What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum)
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2017
    Discoveries of volcanoes on the surface of the Red Planet suggests that life could once have been supported there. Dave Rothery explains how.
  • How can you tell if a signal from space is an alien communication? Creative commons image Icon Jinterwas under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Aug 2017

  • How can you tell if a signal from space is an alien communication?

    How can you tell if a signal from space is an alien communication? Creative commons image Icon Jinterwas under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2017
    Humanity scans the skies, hoping to hear from other intelligent species. But how can you be sure you've tuned in to aliens and not just got interference?...

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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:

    14 Nov 2017

  • Comparing stars

    Comparing stars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Updated content
    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Nov 2017
    Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour...
  • 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

    Updated on:

    30 Jan 2017

  • Galaxies, stars and planets

    Galaxies, stars and planets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 30 Jan 2017
    This free course is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets,...
  • 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

    Updated on:

    22 Mar 2016

  • The Sun

    The Sun Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • 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

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

  • The Moon

    The Moon Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon...
  • Telescopes and spectrographs

    This free course, Telescopes and spectrographs, looks at how they are designed to improve our ability to observe the universe. You will examine how...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    02 Mar 2016

  • Telescopes and spectrographs

    Telescopes and spectrographs Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
    This free course, Telescopes and spectrographs, looks at how they are designed to...

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Creative commons image Icon Milosz1 under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...

    Physics and space

    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    In this wholly online module, you'll examine fundamental concepts in physics and...

    Science: galaxies, stars and planets

    Introductory level Updated 20 Nov 2017 Register by 01 Feb 2017
    Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the...

    Questions in science

    Questions in science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    This introductory science module encompasses astronomy and planetary science;...
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