About this Course
7,062 recent views

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: Six weeks of study, requiring roughly 2 hours per week....

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish
Learners taking this Course are
  • Writers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Professors
  • Engineers
  • Teachers

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: Six weeks of study, requiring roughly 2 hours per week....

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Science and Technology

4 videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
W1 Part 2 - Revolutions in Astronomy11m
W1 Part 3 - Why Astronomy is Hard11m
W1 Part 4 - The Horse and Cart3m
2 readings
Welcome to Week 1
Additional Information for Week 1
1 practice exercise
Week 1 quiz20m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Telescopes and Stars

5 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
W2 Part 2 - The Sun - is every star like it?2m
W2 Part 3 - How Telescopes Work13m
W2 Part 4 - We are Stardust7m
W2 Part 5 - Even Bigger Telescopes?1m
2 readings
Welcome to Week 2
Additional Information for Week 2
1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Space and Black Holes

6 videos (Total 33 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
W3 Part 2 - Hunting for Black Holes2m
W3 Part 3 - Rockets, Spacecraft, and Orbits13m
W3 Part 4 - Hunting for Black Holes Part II8m
W3 Part 5 - Can Space Missions get Cheaper?1m
W3 Bonus video - A Sense of Scale2m
3 readings
Welcome to Week 3
Geostationary Orbits10m
Additional Information for Week 3
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz20m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Detectors and the First Galaxies

6 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
W4 Part 2 - Galaxies since the Dawn of Time4m
W4 Part 3a - Light, Matter, and CCDs15m
W4 Part 3b - Infrared Detectors5m
W4 Part 4 - Galaxies since the Dawn of Time Part II7m
W4 Part 5 - Another Revolution in Detector Technology? 1m
2 readings
Welcome to Week 4
Additional Information for Week 4
1 practice exercise
Week 4 quiz20m
4.7
86 ReviewsChevron Right

60%

started a new career after completing these courses

67%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

33%

got a pay increase or promotion

Top reviews from AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery

By ASJul 10th 2017

Excellent Course!! Amazing Teachers!! You can learn a lot of fundamentals if you are new to the field.Highly recommended for people for starting who just getting into astronomy.

By EEApr 27th 2018

This Course is phenominal and the mix of practicals shown with the consistency of thery makes it a remarkable product of gaining basics ofAstronomical knowledge

Instructors

Avatar

Andy Lawrence

Physics and Astronomy
Avatar

Catherine Heymans

Physics and Astronomy

About The University of Edinburgh

Influencing the world since 1583, The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 50 universities. Today, we are an established and global leader in online learning, providing degree-level education to 3,000 online students in addition to 36,000 students on-campus. We also offer a wide range of free online courses in a variety of subjects. To find out more about studying for one of our online degrees, search for ‘Edinburgh online’ or visit www.ed.ac.uk/studying/online-learning/postgraduate ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

More questions? Visit the Learner Help Center.