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Stargazing Live Series 1

Stargazing Live Series 1 Creative commons image Credit: By bookgrl via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 May 2015
Whether you are a keen astronomer or new to stargazing, we have some helpful tools to help you start searching the night sky.

Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light

Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: By Davidherraezcalzada via Dreamstime under subscription
Introductory level Updated 23 Apr 2015
Free learning resources in astronomy, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations. 

Safety advice

Safety advice Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
Follow our safety advice when looking at the sun

Observing at Home

Observing at Home Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
Dr. Lucie Green has more safety advice when looking at the sun

British Science Week 2015

British Science Week 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: The British Science Association
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 16 Mar 2015
Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 13th-22nd March 2015!

Science Tasters

Science Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Science Pathway

Science Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying the Science pathway is for you - what next?

The Big Bang

The Big Bang Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2015
What put the Bang in the Big Bang?

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The Moon

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The Moon Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
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 unit...

Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets, including scale of the universe from the very large to the very small; orbits...

The Sun

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The Sun Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Jun 2011
The sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This unit will help you to explore the workings...

Comparing stars

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Comparing stars Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 02 Jun 2011
Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. This unit introduces the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, an essential tool in understanding the...

Telescopes and spectrographs

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 May 2011
This unit looks at how telescopes and spectrographs are designed to improve our ability to observe the universe. You will examine how different...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015
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) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015
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...

Science: galaxies, stars and planets

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Science: galaxies, stars and planets Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 05 Sep 2015 Register by 01 Feb 2015
Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of...

Astronomy

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Astronomy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This introductory astronomy course looks at the structure of stars and their life cycles, galaxies and quasars, and the origin and evolution of our...

Galaxies, stars and planets

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Galaxies, stars and planets Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015 Register by 24 Sep 2015
Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of...