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  • An introduction to exoplanets

    This free course, An introduction to exoplanets, introduces our galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many surprises. It explains the...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 May 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 May 2019
    This free course, An introduction to exoplanets, introduces our galaxy's...
  • Moons of our Solar System

    In this free course, Moons of our Solar System, explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans...

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Apr 2019

  • Moons of our Solar System

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    Moons of our Solar System
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 30 Apr 2019
    In this free course, Moons of our Solar System, explore the many moons of our...
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    In the night sky: Orion

    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Mar 2019

  • In the night sky: Orion

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Mar 2019
    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky,...
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    Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere

    The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for extraterrestrial life, is not only rapdly growing, but has also captured...

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    17 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    29 Jan 2019

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    Intermediate level Duration 17 hours Updated 29 Jan 2019
    The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for...
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    Galaxies, stars and planets

    This free course, Galaxies, stars and planets, is a general introduction, including scale of the universe from the very large to the very...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    04 Dec 2018

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    This free course, Galaxies, stars and planets, is a general introduction,...
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    Comparing stars

    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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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    31 Oct 2018

  • Comparing stars

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    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 31 Oct 2018
    Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour...
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    Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

    This free badged open course, Microgravity: living on the International Space Station, will help you to consider microgravity environments in more...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Oct 2018

  • Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Oct 2018
    This free badged open course, Microgravity: living on the International Space...
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    The Moon

    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...

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    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 May 2017

  • The Moon

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    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon...
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    An overview of active galaxies

    Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the Universe. This free course gives an overview of active galaxies,...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    24 Mar 2016

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    Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the...
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    The Sun

    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...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Mar 2016

  • The Sun

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    The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and...
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    Introduction to active galaxies

    The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But how do we know there are different kinds of galaxy? What are active...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

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    The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But...
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    The restless Universe

    The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route...

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    16 Mar 2016

  • The restless Universe

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    The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the...
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    The evolving Universe

    The Big Bang is said to be the origin of our Universe. This free course, The evolving Universe, will help you to comprehend what happened in the...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

  • The evolving Universe

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    The Big Bang is said to be the origin of our Universe. This free course, The...
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    The Big Bang

    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...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    02 Mar 2016

  • The Big Bang

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    This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.' (T.S. Eliot) But...

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science
    Duration 600 hours Updated 15 Jul 2019
    This certificate will provide you with a basic introduction to astronomy and...

    BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science)

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    BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science)
    Updated 15 Jul 2019
    You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification....

    Physics and space

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    Physics and space
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 15 Jul 2019
    In this wholly online module, you'll examine fundamental concepts in physics and...

    Science: galaxies, stars and planets

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    Science: galaxies, stars and planets
    Beginner level Updated 15 Jul 2019
    Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the...

    Astronomy

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    Astronomy
    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 15 Jul 2019
    This module considers the structure, origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and...

    Space science

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    Space science
    Duration 600 hours Updated 15 Jul 2019
    Spacecraft missions play a vital role in the exploration of the solar system and...

    Galaxies, stars and planets

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    Galaxies, stars and planets
    Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 15 Jul 2019
    is one of a series of short, five-month 10-credit modules...