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Astronomy: images of the Universe

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Astronomy: images of the Universe

Modern astronomy utilises a range of techniques across the electromagnetic spectrum that allow astronomers to measure the brightness, size and shape of astronomical objects, as well as their structure in many cases. This free course enables you to explore multiwavelength images of the Universe and make your own measurements of stars, nebulae and galaxies using online tools and databases. You will explore the different types of nebulae in the Messier catalogue, considering their sizes and distances using an interactive Scales tool, and use a web tool called Chromoscope to survey the Milky Way in different wavebands.

This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course S284 Astronomy.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand key ideas, concepts and principles in astronomy, applied to stars and galaxies, including multiwavelength observational methods
  • use appropriate searching, graphical, and mathematical methods to gather, analyse and interpret astronomical data and information
  • acquire and analyse scientific information from a wide range of sources.

First Published: 13/02/2024

Updated: 13/02/2024

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