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Science Tasters

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Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Science Green Pathway

Science Green Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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?

Photographing Orion

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Introductory level Updated 12 Dec 2014
Space scientist, Professor Monica Grady, gives us some tips on photographing Orion in this short video. 

What's the difference between astronomy and astrology?

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Introductory level Updated 11 Dec 2014
Phillipa Smith, research student from the Department of Physical Science, explains the difference between these similar sounding words. 

Order your free Star Guide

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Order your free Star Guide
Introductory level Updated 04 Jan 2013
Learn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide 

OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 3

OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 3 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Jan 2013
Stargazing LIVE returns to our screens to take us on a brand new journey of discovery through the night sky

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy

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60-Second Adventures in Astronomy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 20 Dec 2012
Ever wondered where the Universe came from? Or more importantly, where it's headed? Voiced by David Mitchell, this series of 60 second animations...

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The Moon

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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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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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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...

Astronomy

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Astronomy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Thanks to cutting-edge radio and infra-red astronomy, our understanding of the universe is moving very fast. Ideas about black holes and cosmic...

The relativistic Universe

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The relativistic Universe Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Advanced level Duration 35 mins Updated 01 Dec 2009
Thanks to cutting edge technology, scientists can peer deeper into space than ever before. The audio tracks in this album feature Dr Robert...