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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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Jan 4, 2017

The course was well planned, thorough and organized.

By Emanuel A G

Jul 19, 2020

Simplemente fantástico!!

muchas gracias por todo :D

By Chandra S

Mar 5, 2020

Exceptional Course.

Thank You Andy and Catherine:)

By Aniket R

Jun 25, 2020

A wonderful course to explore the universe !!!!

By erica l

Oct 4, 2019

Es un excelente curso, altamente recomentable!

By shakib C

Mar 21, 2018

Learn lots of interesting things. Thank you.

By Aishwarya S

Apr 3, 2017

Great course. Would definitely recommend it.

By Maciej K

Nov 5, 2016

great starter for astronomy and cosmology :)

By Alfonso Y

Apr 30, 2018

Good course with interesting information.

By Mohamed A

May 29, 2020

Interesting course really i enjoyed it

By Arkabrata G

Sep 22, 2020

it was an amazing experience to learn

By Alexandre B

Mar 18, 2019

Very nice and very interesting.


By Subhaditya M

Jun 16, 2020

Loved it. Learnt many new things :)

By Kath C V

Jul 5, 2020

Excellent course, I learned a lot!

By Mohammed M

Nov 20, 2019

They made it so easy to complete.!

By Sharan S M

May 13, 2017

This was a really good course.

By Theeranan P

Nov 2, 2020

Thank you everyone


By Renato T

Jul 24, 2020

Excellent! I really enjoyed.

By Sangeetha T

Jun 24, 2020

The course was really great.


Jun 26, 2020

Great course for beginners.

By Viduranga L

Nov 7, 2020

A great course! Thank You

By Umesh K

Jun 6, 2020

Nice course for beginners

By Manas S

Nov 30, 2019

Great learning experience

By zorion r

Nov 21, 2019

Excellent course

well don

By Dileep V V

Jun 2, 2020

Very interesting course