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Stargazing Live: Series One

Stargazing Live: Series One Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Updated 10 Jun 2016
Originally broadcast in 2011: Whether you are a keen astronomer or new to stargazing, we have some helpful tools to help you start searching the...

OpenLearn Live: 8th March 2016

OpenLearn Live: 8th March 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2016
A pioneering astronomer who went from Dundee to the Moon. Then more free learning across the day.

British Science Week

British Science Week Copyrighted image Copyright: British Science Week
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 02 Mar 2016
Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 11th-20th March 2016!

Order your free Star Guide

Order your free Star Guide
Introductory level Updated 05 Feb 2016
Learn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide 

Discover Mercury: Safety advice for the Transit of Mercury

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Discover Mercury: Safety advice for the Transit of Mercury Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
If you're planning on watching the Transit of Mercury, it's vital to take some basic steps to protect your sight. Here's some advice on how.

Tim Peake’s spacewalk is no stroll in the park

Tim Peake’s spacewalk is no stroll in the park Copyright free image Copyright free: NASA
Introductory level Updated 15 Jan 2016
Monica Grady tells us about what Tim Peake - the first British astronaut to do a spacewalk - is up against.

Rosetta unexpectedly finds oxygen on comet 67P, surprising scientists

Rosetta unexpectedly finds oxygen on comet 67P, surprising scientists Creative commons image ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM [CC BY-SA IGO 3.0] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Rosetta's surprising discovery of molecular oxygen in the tail of comet 67P forces scientists to rethink how the solar system formed.

Space Rocks

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Space Rocks Copyrighted image Copyright: Royal Observatory Greenwich and The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2015
Watch this short animation from The Royal Observatory Greenwich/The Open University and explore what space rocks can tell us about...

The Rosetta Mission

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The Rosetta Mission Copyrighted image Copyright: Royal Observatory Greenwich and The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2015
Watch this video from The Royal Observatory Greenwich/The OU and find what Rosetta and Philae have achieved as well as the impact the mission...

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The Sun

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The Sun Copyrighted image 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 understand about it? This free course will help you to explore the...

Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
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;...

Comparing stars

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour free course that introduces the HertzsprungRussell diagram, an...

The Moon

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The Moon Copyrighted image 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 has long been an object of fascination and speculation. This free...

Telescopes and spectrographs

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
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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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 01 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 22 Sep 2016
Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of...