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126 reviews

About the Course

An introduction to modern astronomy's most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe....

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Aug 01, 2017

Excellent course. Very clear lectures that cover a lot of ground in not a lot of time. Fantastic overview of most of what we know about astronomy and how we know it. Best class I've taken on Coursera.


Apr 12, 2018

The is the first time I have rated a course with 5 stars, but this one is worth it. I audited and did not take the exams, but I thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and I learned a lot.

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By Deleted A

Dec 02, 2016

Very easy to follow, and immensely interesting.

By Stuart R

Jun 14, 2019

Exceptionally clear and concise presentations.

By Silvia M B

Nov 20, 2018

Excellent! This is the 2nd time I'm doing it.

By Tarun K

Jan 14, 2016

overall lectures are good and explanatory.

By David M

Jan 27, 2016

excellent course really enjoyed it...

By daniel e

May 08, 2017

Really good course, and content.

By Carmelo A S

Feb 12, 2017

Great Course! Very interesting!

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Jan 27, 2016


By Winston A W

Jun 05, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Satyam T

Dec 25, 2015

lucid explanation...

By Ekaterina P

Feb 12, 2016

Totally inspiring!

By Nishal K

Nov 08, 2019

Excellent teacher

By Aashish G

Apr 14, 2017

Good course.

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Sep 24, 2019


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By Adrian I

Jan 28, 2016

twas nice

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By Alter S

Apr 03, 2016

love it

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Feb 07, 2016


By Reg T

Feb 02, 2016

As a quick overview to modern astronomy and cosmology this is a very worthwhile course. Highly informative and well presented. Material is detailed enough to provide an understanding of the topics covered and hints at more complexity to encourage further exploration.

Marked down to four stars solely on the basis of the review questions. Some of these are ambiguous or have a lack of clarity. Otherwise this course, given the level and time allocation, would rate 5 stars.

By Francisco M D D F

Aug 14, 2017

Excellent quality of presentation of the content; however, some of the questions at the end of each week required knowledge acquired outside of this course, e.g. the question about red, green and blue quark configurations. Also, there were a few typos in some questions. Most of the questions were fine though. I especially liked learning how to use some of the online simulators for weeks 1 and 2. Overall this was a good course which I would recommend to my peers.

By Jefferson J B

May 05, 2020

It was very informative! I learned a lot of things that I may be able to use in my teaching of Astronomy to Senior High students. Although, I have a comment on the exams because there are lots of items that were not mentioned in the lectures but came out in the exam. But as a whole, it was a great experience! I am looking forward to learn more and meet Professor Frank in person. God bless!

By Charles H

Feb 02, 2016

This course provided a great overview of Astronomy. I thought the difficulty was about right for a survey course and recommend it to anyone who wants a better understanding of how we think the universe came to be and what we think will happen to it.