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    Meteoric

    By Professor David Rothery

    Rocks hurtling through space shape the surface of the moons and planets as collide – and now you can use your skill...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Mar 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 17 Mar 2019
    Rocks hurtling through space shape the surface of the moons and planets as collide – and now you can use your skill and knowledge to make your own mark. Can...
  • Discovering the dark side of the Moon

    By Dr Mahesh Anand

    Watch Dr Mahesh Anand's lecture on the topic of the dark side of the Moon, which was given to the Royal...

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    40 mins

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    10 Jan 2019

  • Discovering the dark side of the Moon

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    Advanced level Duration 40 mins Updated 10 Jan 2019
    Watch Dr Mahesh Anand's lecture on the topic of the dark side of the Moon, which was given to the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Download your free Star Guide

    Learn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide 

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    10 Dec 2018

  • Download your free Star Guide

    Updated 10 Dec 2018
    Learn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide 
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    Multiple Moonlets Maketh Mystery

    By Zoe Morland

    How did the moon form? Forget a single giant impact – relentless bombardment could explain the Moon’s formation, says...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    05 Dec 2018

  • Multiple Moonlets Maketh Mystery

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    How did the moon form? Forget a single giant impact – relentless bombardment could explain the Moon’s formation, says Open University research student Zoe...
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    Coming soon: Exoplanets

    This brand new free course will explore our Galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many great...

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    04 Dec 2018

  • Coming soon: Exoplanets

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Dec 2018
    This brand new free course will explore our Galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many great surprises.
  • Moons

    By Dr Mahesh Anand

    Explore our collection of free games, articles and courses on Moons. 

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    09 Nov 2018

  • Moons

    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Nov 2018
    Explore our collection of free games, articles and courses on Moons. 
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    OU on the BBC: From deep oceans to super sewers

    Looking back over just some of our great collaborations with the BBC from the last few months. Together, we've...

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    19 Oct 2018

  • OU on the BBC: From deep oceans to super sewers

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    Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 19 Oct 2018
    Looking back over just some of our great collaborations with the BBC from the last few months. Together, we've explored the civilisations, the oceans -...
  • Exomoons: astronomers report first ever discovery

    By Professor Andrew Norton

    Astronomers have found the first evidence of a moon orbiting a gas giant planet in a star system other than our...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    04 Oct 2018

  • Exomoons: astronomers report first ever discovery

    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Oct 2018
    Astronomers have found the first evidence of a moon orbiting a gas giant planet in a star system other than our own.
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    Haven't we been told there's water on Mars before?

    By Professor David Rothery

    The recent announcement wasn't the first time astronomers have spoken about water on Mars - but this time, it's what...

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    26 Jul 2018

  • Haven't we been told there's water on Mars before?

    Haven't we been told there's water on Mars before? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2018
    The recent announcement wasn't the first time astronomers have spoken about water on Mars - but this time, it's what's in the water that has excited NASA,...
  • A trip to Mercury

    By Professor David Rothery

    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Jul 2018

  • A trip to Mercury

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    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to...
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    The Search for a New Earth

    Stephen Hawking believes if mankind is to survive we only have 100 years to colonise another planet… Can we? 

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    08 May 2018

  • The Search for a New Earth

    Introductory level Updated 08 May 2018
    Stephen Hawking believes if mankind is to survive we only have 100 years to colonise another planet… Can we? 
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    The 21st Century Race for Space

    Brian Cox discovers whether the space billionaires can make mass space flight a reality.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    08 May 2018

  • The 21st Century Race for Space

    Introductory level Updated 08 May 2018
    Brian Cox discovers whether the space billionaires can make mass space flight a reality.
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    03 May 2018

  • OU on the BBC: Stardate: Transit of Venus

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 May 2018
    Rare encounter Venus passing in front of the sun was a rare event - find out its significance in The Transit of Venus.
  • Stephen Hawking in his own words

    In this tribute created by the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking reflects on "a glorious time to be alive...

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    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2018

  • Stephen Hawking in his own words

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2018
    In this tribute created by the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking reflects on "a glorious time to be alive doing research"
  • Stephen Hawking: A brief history of his timeline

    Time travel might not be possible, but you can join us for a trip through Stephen Hawking's remarkable life.

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    10 mins

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    14 Mar 2018

  • Stephen Hawking: A brief history of his timeline

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Mar 2018
    Time travel might not be possible, but you can join us for a trip through Stephen Hawking's remarkable life.
  • Stephen Hawking: The tributes

    Famous theoretical physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking had died aged 76. Here, academics from around the world pay...

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    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2018

  • Stephen Hawking: The tributes

    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 14 Mar 2018
    Famous theoretical physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking had died aged 76. Here, academics from around the world pay tribute to the scientist...
  • What is a super blue blood moon?

    Three moon-related oddities come together for one night only (at least, one night since 1866 anyway). A quick video...

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    Updated on:

    31 Jan 2018

  • What is a super blue blood moon?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jan 2018
    Three moon-related oddities come together for one night only (at least, one night since 1866 anyway). A quick video can explain it all...
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    Just six numbers

    By The OpenLearn team, Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow

    To Professor Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, the essential nature of the cosmos and the evolution of the...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Jan 2018

  • Just six numbers

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    To Professor Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, the essential nature of the cosmos and the evolution of the entire world have been determined by just six...
  • What danger do asteroids pose to life on earth?

    By Professor Monica Grady

    It was a huge asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, so what damage could smaller ...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Jan 2018

  • What danger do asteroids pose to life on earth?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2018
    It was a huge asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, so what damage could smaller asteroids do to life on earth. Professor...
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    22 Dec 2017

  • What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?

    What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    Dave Rotherey explains the implications of new research into the clay surface of Mars.
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    Why has Donald Trump set his sights on the Moon?

    The President has instructed NASA to build a camp on the Moon. It might be a better idea than trying to get straight...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Dec 2017

  • Why has Donald Trump set his sights on the Moon?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    The President has instructed NASA to build a camp on the Moon. It might be a better idea than trying to get straight to Mars, as this New Scientist short,...
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    Finding creativity in orbit?

    By The OpenLearn team, Professor John Zarnecki

    Has space tourist Trevor Beattie got it wrong by suggesting that it's time to send creative people to space?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Dec 2017

  • Finding creativity in orbit?

    Finding creativity in orbit? Creative commons image Icon FCUK by DJWhelan under CC-BY-NC-ND licence; LHC by TobTob under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Has space tourist Trevor Beattie got it wrong by suggesting that it's time to send creative people to space?
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    Star Wars: The Class Jedi

    By The OpenLearn team

    You don't have to be in a galaxy far, far away to learn more about Star Wars. Let the force awaken your...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Dec 2017

  • Star Wars: The Class Jedi

    Star Wars: The Class Jedi Creative commons image Icon Kristina Alexanderson [[CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Updated 05 Dec 2017
    You don't have to be in a galaxy far, far away to learn more about Star Wars. Let the force awaken your curiosity and explore now.
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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Oct 2017

  • Why is discovering gravitational waves from a neutron star collision a big deal?

    Why is discovering gravitational waves from a neutron star collision a big deal? Creative commons image Icon National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet. under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Oct 2017
    Scientists have detected gravitational waves by the violent collision of two huge stars weighing more than the sun and more than 100m light years...
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    Exploring comets: A short introduction

    By Professor David Rothery

    As Rosetta brings us more knowledge of what comets are, Dave Rothery celebrates a growing understanding of these...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Oct 2017

  • Exploring comets: A short introduction

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    As Rosetta brings us more knowledge of what comets are, Dave Rothery celebrates a growing understanding of these hurtling space rocks.

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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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    12 Mar 2019

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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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    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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    17 Oct 2018

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    This free badged open course, Microgravity: living on the International Space...
  • 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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    30 Jul 2018

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    In this free course, Moons of our Solar System, explore the many moons of our...
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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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    06 Dec 2017

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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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    26 May 2017

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    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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    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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    22 Mar 2016

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    The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and...
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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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    The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for...
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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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    16 Mar 2016

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    The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But...
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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 Mar 2016

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    Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour...
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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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    16 Mar 2016

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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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    16 Mar 2016

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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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    02 Mar 2016

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