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In the night sky: Orion - More free resources from The Open University

Updated Friday, 5th December 2014

Journey through the constellation of Orion to discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets.

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About the course

Orion's nebula Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Michal Zduniak | Do you want to grasp the basics of astronomy and stargazing? Or do you want to delve deeper into the science behind the formation of a star? This four week course will allow you to do this and will change the way you see the night sky. You’ll examine one of the most famous constellations, Orion, who the Ancient Greeks believed was a huntsman placed among the stars by Zeus himself.

If you follow our free In the night sky: Orion course on FutureLearn, you might like to look at the range of free content we've collated for you to take your learning further with more in-depth free courses and features on this fascinating subject.

As you work through each week of the course, stop by OpenLearn to find articles, podcasts and plenty more so you can explore that week's topics in more depth.

If you want to have a look at what learners of the In the night sky: Orion course have been creating, take a look at our tagboard for inspiration. 

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The Open University offers a range of degree courses and modules in Astronomy and Planetary Science as well as MSc in Science.

To find out more about our range of short courses starting from £160 visit our short courses page.

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Before the course starts



Learning materials on exoplanets and comets

Resources on classifying galaxies and the big bang

Explore the birth of a star and its life cycle

Find out more about Orion, stars and asteroids

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