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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....

Top reviews

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 Ethan S

Apr 3, 2017

Very well instructed and the videos are nice and short. Perfect as a side project or on the go learning.

By Shivangi G

May 16, 2020

Very satisfied course, professors teach very well about technology use in astronomy.

By Brian T

May 4, 2020

Very well done! I enjoyed the instructor's presentation and enthusiasm.

By marko t

Jan 30, 2018

Very useful course about astronomy and discovery of universe.


Jul 22, 2020

It is a very informative course for those who love astronomy

By Maria M

Aug 13, 2020

I had a lot of information and amazing understanding

By Harish M A

Nov 2, 2017

Very informative i enjoyed the course .


Nov 8, 2020

excelente, profesores de alto nivel

By Dr. D S

Oct 28, 2019

The course is great, but too short.

By Adeem J

Apr 4, 2019

Quick learning. Excellent course.

By Subashchandrabose

Nov 22, 2019

Very useful coursefor beginners

By Fernando G M

May 21, 2017

Good teachers.

By rabinder h

Jul 2, 2017

GooD course

By Richard K

Aug 27, 2019

Well done


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By joe p

Jul 17, 2017

not bad