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  • 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

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    11 Aug 2017

  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017

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    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 Updated content
    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)

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

    By Professor David Rothery

    Discoveries of volcanoes on the surface of the Red Planet suggests that life could once have been supported there....

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    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

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

    By Professor Andrew Norton

    Humanity scans the skies, hoping to hear from other intelligent species. But how can you be sure you've tuned in to...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    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?...
  • How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space? Creative commons image Icon NASA Goodard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space?

    By Professor David Rothery

    For good reasons, there are rules about how we run the risk of introducing Earth microbes onto other planets. Dave...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Jul 2017

  • How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space?

    How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space? Creative commons image Icon NASA Goodard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jul 2017
    For good reasons, there are rules about how we run the risk of introducing Earth microbes onto other planets. Dave Rothery suggests we might need to relax...
  • Tomorrow's World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Tomorrow's World

    The BBC, in partnership with The Open University, has brought back Tomorrow's World to discover how our...

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    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Jun 2017

  • Tomorrow's World

    Tomorrow's World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Jun 2017
    The BBC, in partnership with The Open University, has brought back Tomorrow's World to discover how our lives are changing with advancements in...
  • Why is Enceladus a possible home for life - and should we visit to find out? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA /JPL

    Why is Enceladus a possible home for life - and should we visit to find out?

    By Professor David Rothery

    The Cassini spacecraft has had a look at Saturn's moon, and it could be perfect for life to form there. Dave Rothery...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    20 Apr 2017

  • Why is Enceladus a possible home for life - and should we visit to find out?

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    Why is Enceladus a possible home for life - and should we visit to find out? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA /JPL
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2017
    The Cassini spacecraft has had a look at Saturn's moon, and it could be perfect for life to form there. Dave Rothery reckons we need a closer look.
  • British Science Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: British Science Week

    British Science Week

    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!

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    13 Mar 2017

  • British Science Week

    British Science Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: British Science Week
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!
  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list Creative commons image Icon StagiaireMGIMO under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

    By The OpenLearn team

    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    27 Jan 2017

  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

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    Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list Creative commons image Icon StagiaireMGIMO under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jan 2017
    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the archives.
  • How was the moon made, and when did it happen? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Hans
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Jan 2017

  • How was the moon made, and when did it happen?

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    How was the moon made, and when did it happen? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Hans
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2017
    Dave Rothery shares some new thinking about our nearest neighbour.
  • The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Openclipart-vectors

    The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list

    By The OpenLearn team

    The star which led the Magi to the manager might have some factual truth to it - but nobody really knows which truth...

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    21 Dec 2016

  • The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list

    The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Openclipart-vectors
    Updated 21 Dec 2016
    The star which led the Magi to the manager might have some factual truth to it - but nobody really knows which truth to back.

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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

    Updated on:

    30 Jan 2017

  • Galaxies, stars and planets

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    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

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    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...
  • 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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    Comparing stars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour...
  • 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

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    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

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    02 Mar 2016

  • Telescopes and spectrographs

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    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

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science
    Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017
    If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...

    Physics and space

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    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    In this wholly online module, you'll examine fundamental concepts in physics and...

    Science: galaxies, stars and planets

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    Introductory level Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 01 Feb 2017
    Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the...

    Science: concepts and practice

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    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    In this wholly online module, you'll explore key ideas that underpin the study of...

    Practical science: physics and astronomy

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    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    The activities in this practical science module address topics in physics and...

    Questions in science

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    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This introductory science module encompasses astronomy and planetary science;...

    The relativistic Universe

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    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    If you are interested in using quantitative physical methods to understand...
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