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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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    TV Programme

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    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? 
  • 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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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Sep 2017

  • The Material World: On Chesil Beach (getting closer to Titan)

    The Material World: On Chesil Beach (getting closer to Titan) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: ESA / NASA / JPL / University of Arizona
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Sep 2017
    The OU's planetary scientists spend time on Chesil Beach, simulating the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
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    Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars

    By Dr Matt Balme

    In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Aug 2016

  • Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars

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    Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
    In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a tour of his laboratory and shows how he...
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    60 second adventures in microgravity

    By Dr Sabrina Gaertner, Dr Ben Rozitis, Dr Helen Fraser

    What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Apr 2016

  • 60 second adventures in microgravity

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    60 second adventures in microgravity Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
    What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity conditions on...
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    27 Feb 2014

  • National Astronomy Week

    National Astronomy Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Pablo Utrilla | Dreamstime.com
    Updated 27 Feb 2014
    National Astronomy Week runs from the 1st-8th March 2014.
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    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Dec 2012

  • A day on Mercury

    A day on Mercury Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/Brown University
    Introductory level Updated 14 Dec 2012
    Discover some surprising facts about the planet Mercury 
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    What is SuperWASP showing us?

    By Professor Andrew Norton

    Andy Norton brings us up to date with SuperWASP, the Wide Angle Search for Planets

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Jan 2012

  • What is SuperWASP showing us?

    What is SuperWASP showing us? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: SuperWASP
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jan 2012
    Andy Norton brings us up to date with SuperWASP, the Wide Angle Search for Planets
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    Activity

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Jan 2012

  • Explore the Solar System

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    Explore the Solar System Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: photos.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Jan 2012
    Explore the planets in our Solar System with our interactive guide.
  • Life on a 'New Earth'?

    By The OpenLearn team

    Is there anybody out there? The recent discovery of a 'New Earth' has expanded our obsession with extra...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Dec 2011

  • Life on a 'New Earth'?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2011
    Is there anybody out there? The recent discovery of a 'New Earth' has expanded our obsession with extra-terrestrial life. But what do experts...

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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

    Updated on:

    06 Dec 2017

  • Galaxies, stars and planets

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    Galaxies, stars and planets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Dec 2017
    This free course, Galaxies, stars and planets, is a general introduction,...

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    Science: galaxies, stars and planets

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    Science: galaxies, stars and planets
    Introductory level Updated 11 Mar 2019 Register by 01 Feb 2019
    Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the...

    Galaxies, stars and planets

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    Galaxies, stars and planets
    Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019 Register by 28 Mar 2019
    Galaxies, stars and planetsis one of a series of short, five month 10-credit...
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