This online astronomy course will change the way you see the night sky.
You’ll examine one of the most famous constellations Orion. Starting with its nebula, where new stars and planets are formed, you’ll take a look at the seven brightest stars that make up Orion using high-quality images, including from the Hubble Space Telescope.
You’ll learn about exoplanets and the secrets to life outside our Solar System. And you’ll think about the Milky Way, considering the history of the universe from the Big Bang to the present.
The course was produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.
What topics will you cover?
- Observing and photographing the night sky
- Constellations and Orion in particular
- Star formation and stellar evolution
- Nuclear fusion in stars
- Supernovae, white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes
- The Milky Way and other Galaxies
- The Big Bang and the evolution of the Universe
- Dark matter & dark energy
- The Solar System, especially asteroids and comets
- Planets around other stars
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Apply facts, concepts, principles, theories, classification systems and language used in astronomy.
- Develop the knowledge and understanding of the range of sizes, distances, and motions of objects in the night sky.
- Develop the knowledge and understanding of the structure, evolution and the main processes operating in stars.
- Develop the knowledge and understanding of the properties of planets in our Solar System and exoplanetary systems.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the history of the Universe.
Who is the course for?
You do not need a professional telescope for this course, but you may find at least a pair of binoculars extremely useful.
No prior experience with the subject is required.
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Last updated February 17, 2018