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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.

Why Rosetta is the greatest space mission of our lifetime

Why Rosetta is the greatest space mission of our lifetime Copyrighted image Copyright: ESA
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
The Rosetta mission is just what's needed to inspire future astronauts and space scientists, writes Dr Natalie Starkey. 

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...

OpenLearn Live: 30th September 2015

OpenLearn Live: 30th September 2015 Creative commons image Johnsastrophotos.com under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Sep 2015
The man who keeps finding comets. And more free learning through the day.

In the night sky - Galaxies

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In the night sky - Galaxies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2015
Professor Monica Grady and Philippa Smith, from the Open University's space science team, give you the lowdown on what to look for if you want to...

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Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
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;...

The Moon

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The Moon Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 04 Aug 2014
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...

The Sun

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Aug 2014
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...

Telescopes and spectrographs

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
This free course, Telescopes and spectrographs, looks at how they are designed to improve our ability to observe the universe. You will examine how...

Comparing stars

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 19 Jul 2011
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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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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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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Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 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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Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016 Register by 24 Mar 2016
Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of...