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About the Course

Learn about the science behind the current exploration of the solar system in this free class. Use principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology to understand the latest from Mars, comprehend the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in our neighborhood and beyond. This course is generally taught at an advanced level assuming a prior knowledge of undergraduate math and physics, but the majority of the concepts and lectures can be understood without these prerequisites. The quizzes and final exam are designed to make you think critically about the material you have learned rather than to simply make you memorize facts. The class is expected to be challenging but rewarding....

Top reviews

Mar 3, 2020

Learning facilitated by good lecturing, well prepared lectures and excellent quizzes.\n\nLecturer Mike Brown, enthusiastic about his subject, generous in sharing his knowledge, humorous, and honest.

May 24, 2019

The lectures are engaging and replete with thought provoking material. Professor Brown's in depth knowledge of the field and his passion for planetary science aroused an everlasting curiosity.

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By Ricardo d L

Aug 5, 2019

Very clear and complete course even for beginners with no background. Dr Brown rocks!

By Bridget K

Sep 3, 2017

This has been my favuorite course so far! Really interesting and totally challenging.

By Maliha S

Sep 3, 2020

This course was really exciting, it was very helpful in exploring our solar system.

By Mauro G

Apr 30, 2017

Thanks to the instructor I enjoyed this course a lot. Waiting to the next one, ciao

By Peter O

Jul 15, 2019

The course was so good, that I forgive Mike Brown for killing my favorite planet.

By Steve B

Sep 3, 2017

Fascinating subjects presented brilliantly by Mike Brown (and his two colleagues)

By Allan E

May 24, 2017

Fantastic. I never knew that the formation of the solar system was so complex.

By Dora A

May 24, 2020

Very interesting and very professional! Enjoyed immensely and learnt so much.

By Syed M A

Apr 12, 2019

Best teacher and wish every earth science students to learn from him. Thanks

By Johan G

Apr 3, 2017

Great stuff to learn and teached by one of the greatest mind of our decade.

By Vikrant K

Feb 11, 2021

I loved the course. It was immensly insightful and learning experience.

By Mitchell R

Aug 27, 2020

Material was interesting, challenging and the lectures always watchable

By Alexandra R

Jun 16, 2018

Great course, nicely taught and regularly updated. It taught me a lot.

By Gary L

Aug 28, 2020

I learned so much with this course. I thank you for the opportunity.


May 11, 2016

Excellent to view and understand our solar system and its evolution

By Hugo A V

Jan 5, 2018

Excellence is in the simplicity with which they provide knowledge!

By Sara B

Jun 8, 2017

Awesome! Challenging & thought-provoking, with excellent teaching!

By Stephen B

May 22, 2020

Great overview of the formation and dynamics of our solar system.

By Kristyna F

May 5, 2020

Without any doubt, this is the best course I've ever enrolled in.

By Brendan C

Oct 25, 2016

Excellent course with engaging speakers, and a good community.

By Бенуа М

Nov 29, 2019

A fascinating, in-depth course for Solar system astronomy 101

By Sathish K

Sep 5, 2020

Its very useful for like us who need the dreams on astronomy

By John E H

Apr 19, 2020

Great instructor, interesting material. Highly recommended.

By Elif P T

Aug 25, 2020

thanks for the knowledge about solar system that you share

By Fernando T R

Nov 26, 2020

Complete, rigorous, and updated course. Really enjoyable.