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60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Exoplanets

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60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Exoplanets
Introductory level Updated 19 Dec 2012
How have scientists studied distant stars to learn more about exoplanets, the invisible planets that orbit them?

More to space than meets the eye

More to space than meets the eye Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
Professor Russell Stannard explains why the word ‘space’ – so-called empty space – isn’t simply another name for ...

Passing through unseen: An introduction to dark matter

Passing through unseen: An introduction to dark matter Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2009
Get to grips with dark matter - and find out why actually getting to grips with dark matter is impossible

Getting geophysical in Central America

Getting geophysical in Central America Copyrighted image Credit: Hazel Rymer
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Mar 2009
Hazel Rymer visits volcanoes in Costa Rica and Nicaragua to take geophysical measurements

Are helicopters weightless?

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Are helicopters weightless? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jul 2008
We tend to take gravity for granted, don’t we? In this video we explore whether helicopters can be weightless.

Challenge: Make a kite from natural products

Challenge: Make a kite from natural products Copyrighted image Credit: Open2
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Jan 2008
The science behind kite flying, part of the BBC/OU's programme website for Rough Science 2

Kite Challenge Glossary

Kite Challenge Glossary Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2008
Some of the key terms associated with flying kites

The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide - Space exploration

The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide - Space exploration Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jul 2007
What is happening at the cutting edge of space exploration now?

OU on the BBC: James May's 20th Century - Body Fantastic

OU on the BBC: James May's 20th Century - Body Fantastic Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2007
James sets out to discover how far he can push his body and finds out about some of the most remarkable medical advances over the last hundred...

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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...

Describing motion along a line

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Motion is vital to life, and to science. This unit will help you to understand why classical motion is probably the most fundamental part of...

Motion under gravity

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
From the moment that Galileo dropped two cannonballs of different sizes and weights from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa mankind has been...

The Big Bang

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
‘This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.’ (T.S. Eliot) But how about the way the world begins? Was this the biggest bang of...