The University of Edinburgh
AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery
The University of Edinburgh

AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery

Taught in English

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Andy Lawrence
Catherine Heymans

Instructors: Andy Lawrence


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6 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
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There are 6 modules in this course

Introducing the themes of the course, and a first look at the science and technology we will study.

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4 videos2 readings1 quiz

How telescopes work, how we use them to make images in different colours, and how we use those measurements to understand how stars work.

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5 videos2 readings1 quiz

Hunting for black holes, and why we need to get above the atmosphere to do it.

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6 videos3 readings1 quiz

Detectors, how they work, and how we use them to catch the light from the very first galaxies.

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6 videos2 readings1 quiz

Why computers are crucial in astronomy, and how they are used to find rare objects.

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5 videos3 readings1 quiz

How to break up light into its component parts, how that allows us to do astrophysics, and why we believe the Universe is full of a mysterious dark energy.

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5 videos2 readings1 quiz


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4.9 (315 ratings)
Andy Lawrence
The University of Edinburgh
1 Course19,625 learners
Catherine Heymans
The University of Edinburgh
1 Course19,625 learners

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