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  • Creative commons image Icon National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet. under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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    15 mins

    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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    The Beginning and End of the Universe

    In this two-part series, Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all: the universe.

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    18 Apr 2017

  • The Beginning and End of the Universe

    Updated 18 Apr 2017
    In this two-part series, Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all: the universe.
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    What's space expanding into?

    By Prof. Stephen Serjeant

    You can try imagining curved four-dimensional spacetime, but it might be a bit easier to start with some ants.

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    23 Mar 2016

  • What's space expanding into?

    What's space expanding into? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA
    Updated 23 Mar 2016
    You can try imagining curved four-dimensional spacetime, but it might be a bit easier to start with some ants.
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    23 Mar 2016

  • Cosmic expansion: If the Universe is expanding, why aren't I getting taller?

    Cosmic expansion: If the Universe is expanding, why aren't I getting taller? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: By Davidherraezcalzada via Dreamstime under subscription
    Updated 23 Mar 2016
    Stephen Serjeant looks at cosmic expansion and explains why other factors mean we don't grow with the Universe.
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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.
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Open University / BBC
    Activity

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Jan 2013

  • History of the Universe timeline

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    History of the Universe timeline Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Open University / BBC
    Introductory level Updated 17 Jan 2013
    Download a free .pdf of a timeline depicting the history of the universe
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    OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 3

    By The OpenLearn team

    Stargazing LIVE returns to our screens to take us on a brand new journey of discovery through the night sky

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Jan 2013

  • OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 3

    OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 3 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Jan 2013
    Stargazing LIVE returns to our screens to take us on a brand new journey of discovery through the night sky
  • 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy: The Big Bang

    Discover how scientists have calculated the exact volume of the noise created at the birth of the Universe with this...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Jan 2013

  • 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy: The Big Bang

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    Introductory level Updated 03 Jan 2013
    Discover how scientists have calculated the exact volume of the noise created at the birth of the Universe with this video
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    The Big Bang

    By Professor Andrew Norton

    The Big Bang marked the origin of time and space, but what happened immediately after the Big Bang occurred?

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Jan 2013

  • The Big Bang

    The Big Bang Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Open University / BBC
    Introductory level Updated 03 Jan 2013
    The Big Bang marked the origin of time and space, but what happened immediately after the Big Bang occurred?
  • 60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Exoplanets

    How have scientists studied distant stars to learn more about exoplanets, the invisible planets that orbit them?

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Dec 2012

  • 60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Exoplanets

    Featuring: Video Video
    Introductory level Updated 19 Dec 2012
    How have scientists studied distant stars to learn more about exoplanets, the invisible planets that orbit them?

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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

    Updated on:

    24 Mar 2016

  • An overview of active galaxies

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    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

    Updated on:

    22 Mar 2016

  • The Sun

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
    The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and...
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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

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

  • The restless Universe

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    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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    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    The Big Bang is said to be the origin of our Universe. This free course, The...

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    The relativistic Universe

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    The relativistic Universe
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019 Register by 12 Sep 2019
    If you are interested in using quantitative physical methods to understand...
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