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  • Register your interest: Exoplanets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dana Berry

    Register your interest: Exoplanets

    Coming soon: a brand new free course that explores our Galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many great...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Feb 2018

  • Register your interest: Exoplanets

    Register your interest: Exoplanets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dana Berry
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Feb 2018
    Coming soon: a brand new free course that explores our Galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many great surprises.
  • What is a super blue blood moon? Creative commons image Icon NPS / Brad Sutton under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    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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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Jan 2018

  • What is a super blue blood moon?

    What is a super blue blood moon? Creative commons image Icon NPS / Brad Sutton under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    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...
  • Just six numbers Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Steffen Rehm

    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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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Jan 2018

  • Just six numbers

    Just six numbers Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Steffen Rehm
    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...
  • What danger do asteroids pose to life on earth? Creative commons image Icon By Lwp Kommunikáció under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What danger do asteroids pose to life on earth?

    By Professor Monica Grady

    It was a huge asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, so what damage could smaller ...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Jan 2018

  • What danger do asteroids pose to life on earth?

    What danger do asteroids pose to life on earth? Creative commons image Icon By Lwp Kommunikáció under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2018
    It was a huge asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, so what damage could smaller asteroids do to life on earth. Professor...
  • What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Dec 2017

  • What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?

    What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    Dave Rotherey explains the implications of new research into the clay surface of Mars.
  • 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

    Updated on:

    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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    TV Programme

    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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    TV Programme

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    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.

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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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    Free course

    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Nov 2017

  • Comparing stars

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

    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 19 Feb 2018
    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 19 Feb 2018
    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 19 Feb 2018
    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 19 Feb 2018
    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 19 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    In this wholly online module, you'll examine fundamental concepts in physics and...

    Science: galaxies, stars and planets

    Introductory level Updated 19 Feb 2018 Register by 01 Feb 2018
    Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the...

    Science: concepts and practice

    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    In this wholly online module, you'll explore key ideas that underpin the study of...

    Practical science: physics and astronomy

    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    The activities in this practical science module address topics in physics and...

    Questions in science

    Questions in science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    This introductory science module encompasses astronomy and planetary science;...

    The relativistic Universe

    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    If you are interested in using quantitative physical methods to understand...
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