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Learner Reviews & Feedback for AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery by The University of Edinburgh

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About the Course

"How do they know that?" Modern astronomy has made some astonishing discoveries - how stars burn and how black holes form; galaxies from the edge of the universe and killer rocks right next door; where the elements come from and how the expanding universe is accelerating. But how do we know all that? The truth is that astronomy would be impossible without technology, and every advance in astronomy is really an advance in technology. But the technology by itself is not enough. We have to apply it critically with a knowledge of physics to unlock the secrets of the Universe. Each week we will cover a different aspect of Astronomical technology, matching each piece of technology to a highlight science result. We will explain how the technology works, how it has allowed us to collect astronomical data, and, with some basic physics, how we interpret the data to make scientific discoveries. The class will consist of video lectures, weekly quizzes, and discussion forums. Each week there will be five videos, totalling approximately 40 minutes. They will be in a regular pattern - a short introduction, an example science story, an explanation of the key technology area, a look at how the technology is used in practice, and finally a look at what the future may hold....

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Jun 7, 2020

After completing the course, I was able to understand better some concepts in astronomy such as dark matter and dark energy as well as the technologies that helped uncover more truths in our universe.


Sep 22, 2020

The course was amazing especially when the instructor was explaining by using experiment instruments above all the way the instructors has taught me has completely made me understand the concepts.

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By Txinto V

Nov 2, 2017

Easy but a good approach to astronomy science cases where instrumentation help is fundamental.

By Paul H

Mar 12, 2022

This has helped me understand areas of astronomy and astrophysics I previously struggled with


Jan 6, 2019

gives an insight on technology and instrumentation used in astronomy and very well explained.

By Parinnay

May 26, 2021

Absolutely loved the course. Andy and Catherine are amazing teachers and I've learned a lot.

By Scott I

Feb 14, 2022

This is a wonderful, understandable, well explained course that was a pleasure to complete.

By Varun K

Jun 7, 2020

Amazing course! The concepts were delivered very elegantly. Worth enrolling this course.

By Eileen F

Apr 30, 2020

Brilliant and so informative. Hope you do a follow up course. Many thanks, Eileen Fraser

By dulce l v

Dec 28, 2020

interesting new ideas not exposed by similar courses. Simple and easy to make course.

By Baoyi G

Dec 5, 2020

Great course to introduce technologies for Astronomy! Plus the Professors are so fun!

By Shahistha

Aug 6, 2020

Andy and Catherine has been really helpful in all waya and made it really intresting.

By Mohak P

May 24, 2020

Fascinating methodology of explaining, and very informative in an interesting manner!

By Adrian F

Dec 16, 2018

Clear, understandable, accessible explanations of astrophysics. Excellent! Thank you!

By Virgil A

Nov 16, 2020

Really interesting MOOC! I recommend it to anyone who is interested in space topic !

By Shoumik D

Jun 4, 2020

Loved the course. Gave me a proper idea of modern astronomy. Instructors were great.

By Michael O

Jul 21, 2020

Good course for beginners / amateurs that are interested in the field of Astronomy.

By Roland U

Oct 14, 2017

Good and Interesting course, specifically about the Technology used for Astronomy.

By Yasmin C d S

Feb 1, 2023

Eu adorei esse curso, recomendo demais para pessoas que se interessem no assunto.

By Lucas V S

Jan 27, 2020

Great course for whom wants to know more about technologies applied in Astronomy.

By Andrea S V

Jul 3, 2020

Estuvo muy padre el curso, aprendí muchas cosas muy interesantes, muchas gracias

By Graham R

Dec 2, 2016

Enjoyed this a lot. Wish I'd kept to my childhood plans to become an astronomer.

By Steve M D

Mar 30, 2020

Best in class! Learnt a lot! Thanks Catherine and Andy! You guys are the best!!

By Ishan S

Jul 31, 2020

Good experience. They explained everything about technology used in astronomy

By Jose l n m

Jan 25, 2018

Excelent. Congratulations to the teachers. Pretty interesnting. Thakns a lot.

By Damini R S

Sep 27, 2020

Great course. Really enjoyed the quizzes and how the lectures were presented

By manogna n

Jul 13, 2020

This is an excellent course. Each and every concept was explained in detail.