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Find out more about our night sky, from new planets to far-off galaxies and the vastness of the Universe. A series of short talks and presentations for the general public from leading astronomy researchers at the Oxford University Physics department. Topics will be discussed are Rushing Robots and Tons of Glass: Building the WEAVE Spectrograph, Quasars: Are They as Cool as They Sound? And so on.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: University of Oxford

Course Curriculum

Module: 1
Planets, Planets Everywhere! 00:13:00
Robotic Planetary Exploration 00:15:00
Cosmology 00:12:00
Large Meteorite Impacts on Earth 00:12:00
Stargazing Open Day 2013 00:02:00
Observing with the Naked Eye 00:15:00
Galaxies as a Plate of Fruit 00:09:00
Module: 2
Astro Photography 00:17:00
Pluto – no more a planet 00:11:00
Killer asteroids 00:13:00
LOFAR and the SKA – The Universe in radio waves 00:21:00
A History of the Universe in 12 Minutes 00:17:00
Stepping into the unknown: the search for new planets 00:14:00
The Chelyabinsk Meteor 00:14:00
Module: 3
Uncovering Black Holes and Hunting for Planets 00:46:00
Extra-solar planets: from science-fiction to reality 00:11:00
Galaxy Zoo 00:09:00
Cosmology – What We Don’t Know 00:11:00
Astrophotography 00:15:00
Black Holes 00:13:00
Are we special in the Universe? 00:09:00
Module: 4
Exoplanets 00:11:00
Earth-like Planets (and where to find them) 00:11:00
Inflation – The “BANG” in Big Bang 00:10:00
Dark Matter – Are we still in the dark? 00:11:00
Colonisation of Mars – the Great Debate 00:14:00
Ancient Astronomies – 7000 years in the Kennett Valley 00:18:00
Spin Doctors: Creating a planet’s atmosphere in the lab 00:14:00
Module: 5
Atmospheres in the solar system … and beyond! 00:14:00
Zooniverse: Live 00:19:00
Galaxy Zoo 00:10:00
Is our galaxy special? 00:12:00
The SKA 00:13:00
The Philae / Rosetta Comet Mission 00:18:00
Gloomy Worlds: Why are planets cloudy? 00:16:00
Module: 6
From you to the largest structure in the Universe 00:14:00
The Philae / Rosetta Mission – Update 00:18:00
The Beagle expedition to Mars 00:14:00
How to see the world in a grain of sand 00:09:00
Spectromania! 00:10:00
Astronomy at the Highest Energies Possible 00:10:00
The Seven Wonders of Galaxy Zoo 00:15:00
Module: 7
Things that go bump in the night: Exploding stars and black holes 00:20:00
Advanced LIGO: The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy 00:19:00
On the trail of the most energetic particles in the universe 00:19:00
Redder is better! Exploring the universe with the successor to Hubble 00:23:00
Merging Galaxies: Making the Biggest Mess! 00:08:00
Taking Real Photos of Planets Outside the Solar System 00:08:00
Weighing Black Holes 00:26:00
Module: 8
Galactic Archaeology: Mining Stellar Fossils in the Milky Way Halo 00:23:00
It’s a Star’s Life 00:09:00
I’m Spinning Around: Watching Galaxies Rotate (Or Not) 00:11:00
The Big Bang and a Multiverse 00:27:00
Quasars: Are They As Cool As They Sound? 00:07:00
Rushing Robots and Tons of Glass: Building the WEAVE Spectrograph 00:09:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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