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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science free course icon

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

This certificate covers basic astronomy and planetary science. You'll study two broad themes of 'Stars and Galaxies' and 'Multiwavelength Astronomy'. Learn how astronomers 'measure' the Universe ? considering spectroscopy, imaging, and time-variability as observational tools. You'll study the formation, evolution and rebirth of stars and galaxies through energetic processes, and learn about their constituents. Learn about the formation and evolution of the Solar System and other planetary systems. Consider how life arose on Earth, and whether life exists beyond Earth. You'll look at planetary processes such as volcanism and impacts in the Solar System; the structure of planets and their atmospheres; and asteroids, comets and meteorites.

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Science: galaxies, stars and planets free course icon

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Science: galaxies, stars and planets

Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of the Universe.

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Astronomy

This module covers basic astronomy with a modern observational approach. It encompasses two broad themes of 'Stars and Galaxies' and 'Multiwavelength Astronomy'. Starting from cosmic length scales, learn how astronomers measure the Universe ? through spectroscopy, imaging and time-variability. You'll learn about the constituents of stars and galaxies, and study their formation, evolution and rebirth through energetic processes. To finish, revisit the Universe from the perspective of cosmic time scales. Throughout, alongside astronomy, you'll develop your computing, maths and physics skills.

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Citizen science and the data avalanche

What crowdsourcing projects can people get involved in? Professor Stephen Serjeant digs into some incredible astronomy and particle physics citizen science.

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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 methods used by astronomers to study exoplanets, and provides a general introduction to the methods of scientific inquiry. The course culminates in discussion of life elsewhere in our Galaxy.

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24 hrs
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Astronomy

This module considers the structure, origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and the Universe as a whole, asking questions such as: How are stars born, and what happens when they die? How do galaxies form, and how do we know that the universe began in a 'big bang'? This introduction to astronomy investigates the stars and their life cycles, galaxies and quasars, and the origin and evolution of the Universe ? and how it might continue to evolve in the future. You'll make use of computer-based resources and can undertake some straightforward project work, based on your observations of the sky.

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Galaxies, stars and planets

is one of a series of short, five-month 10-credit modules introducing fascinating topics in science. It covers the exploration of our solar system; the discovery of planets orbiting other stars; the birth, life and violent death of stars; and the creation of the Universe itself. With a choice of start dates it enables you to try out an area of study before you commit yourself to a longer module, or top up your knowledge and skills between longer modules.

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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 small; orbits and gravity; the Solar System; the Sun and other stars; galaxies and the composition of astronomical objects.

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8 hrs
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OpenLearn Live: 26th February 2016

The largest wall... the largest thing... anywhere. Then more free learning across the day.

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In the night sky - Galaxies video icon

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In the night sky - Galaxies

Professor Monica Grady and Philippa Smith, from the Open University's space science team, give you the lowdown on what to look for if you want to take up stargazing. From big bang to black holes; from spotting stars to identifying galaxies this collection is a beginner's guide to astronomy introducing you to the key features at each level of size whether solar, stellar, or galactic.

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10 mins
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Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light

Free learning resources in astronomy, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations.

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Hubble's 25th Anniversary

In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary.

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