Informações sobre o curso
This course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about modern astronomy. We will help you get up to date on the most recent astronomical discoveries while also providing support at an introductory level for those who have no background in science.
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Approx. 49 hours to complete

Sugerido: ~26 hours of lectures and assignments
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Legendas: English, Romanian
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cursos 100% online

Comece imediatamente e aprenda em seu próprio cronograma.
Beginner Level

Nível iniciante

Clock

Approx. 49 hours to complete

Sugerido: ~26 hours of lectures and assignments
Comment Dots

English

Legendas: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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1 hour to complete

Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space

Here you can find all of the introductory information, course syllabus, and current announcements....
Reading
2 videos (Total 4 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Prof. Impey's Science Learning Survey Invitation0m
Reading6 readings
About the course10m
About us10m
Social media10m
Syllabus10m
Grading policy10m
Course Participation and Motivation Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Survey Verification "Quiz"4m

2

Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Science and History

Science combines logic and evidence to increase our understanding of the natural world, including remote and inaccessible regions of space and time. ...
Reading
15 videos (Total 192 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video15 videos
1. Vision6m
2. Discovery7m
3. Imagination8m
4. Reasoning6m
5. Uncertainty20m
6. Evidence11m
7. Scientific Method15m
8. Information10m
9. Ancient Astronomy21m
10. Calendars20m
11. Greek Science16m
12. Copernican Revolution11m
13. Kepler5m
14. Galileo23m
Reading3 readings
Lesson one overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 1a (Videos 1-8)20m
Lesson Quiz 1b (Videos 9-14)20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

The Night Sky

Astronomy is the oldest science, and its history shows a growing realization of our insignificant status in a vast and ancient universe....
Reading
6 videos (Total 39 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
1. The Naked Eye7m
2. Daily Motion5m
3. Annual Motion10m
4. The Moon8m
5. The Planets5m
Reading3 readings
Lesson two overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 2a (Videos 1-5)16m

4

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

The Tools of Astronomy

A continuing revolution in telescope design and construction is giving astronomers an unprecedented set of tools for exploring the universe....
Reading
15 videos (Total 120 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video15 videos
1. Telescopes7m
2. Observing Limitations5m
3. Observing Solutions9m
4. Adaptive Optics5m
5. Interferometers5m
6. Detectors9m
7. Space Astronomy6m
8. Hubble Space Telescope17m
9. Hubble Images9m
10. Big Glass11m
11. Invisible Waves8m
12. Beyond Vision4m
13. Gravity Waves11m
14. Frontiers4m
Reading3 readings
Lesson three overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 3a (Video 1-7)18m
Lesson Quiz 3b (Videos 8-14)8m

5

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Matter and Radiation

Astronomers harvest information across the electromagnetic spectrum, using spectra to measure the composition of distant objects and diagnose extreme physical conditions....
Reading
14 videos (Total 147 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video14 videos
1. Unity3m
2. Atoms8m
3. Substructure19m
4. Forces12m
5. Forms of Energy9m
6. Light7m
7. Radiation8m
8. Chemistry8m
9. Spectra11m
10. Heat Energy15m
11. Mass Energy5m
12. Gravity11m
13. Curved Space22m
Reading3 readings
Lesson four overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 4a (Videos 1-7)20m
Lesson Quiz 4b (Videos 8-13)16m

6

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

The Solar System

Space probes have visited most planets in the Solar System, and orbiters and rovers are homing in on the habitability of Mars. Space exploration is entering an entrepreneurial phase that might let us venture beyond the Solar System....
Reading
18 videos (Total 172 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video18 videos
1. Formation13m
2. Comparisons7m
3. Inner Planets12m
4. Mars10m
5. Mars and Water5m
6. Mars Up Close13m
7. Future Mars12m
8. Jovian Planets8m
9. Outer Regions3m
10. Solar System Satellites7m
11. Titan5m
12. Water Worlds6m
13. Small Bodies10m
14. Mastering Space7m
15. The Role of NASA4m
16. Commercial Sector26m
17. Future Technology15m
Reading3 readings
Lesson five overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 5a (Videos 1-7)18m
Lesson Quiz 5b (Videos 8-13)16m
Lesson Quiz 5c (Videos 14-17)10m

7

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Exoplanets

In the last few years, thousands of extrasolar planets have been discovered, including some that are Earth-like and possibly habitable....
Reading
10 videos (Total 73 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
1. Exoplanets12m
2. Detection and Imaging7m
3. Doppler4m
4. Transits6m
5. Characterizing Exoplanets5m
6. Earths6m
7. Kepler7m
8. Habitable Zones10m
9. Biomarkers10m
Reading3 readings
Lesson six overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 6a (Videos 1-9)18m

8

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Star Birth and Death

Stars are the crucibles of heavy element creation, and the chaotic regions of their birth are being understood though long wavelength observations. Gravity is the ultimate victor in the life story of any star, leaving behind the exotic end states of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes....
Reading
12 videos (Total 124 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video12 videos
1. Stars and Life5m
2. Star Formation7m
3. The Sun14m
4. Properties of Stars9m
5. Stellar Evolution8m
6. Nucleosynthesis17m
7. Late Stages of Evolution10m
8. Supernovas10m
9. Pulsars13m
10. Black Holes10m
11. Testing Gravity14m
Reading3 readings
Lesson seven overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 7a (Videos 1-6)16m
Lesson Quiz 7b (Videos 7-11)16m

9

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Galaxies

The architecture of the Milky Way galaxy is that of a disk, a bulge, and a halo, with the entire assemblage bound by enigmatic dark matter. Every galaxy contains a supermassive black hole, and entire population of galaxies is sculpted by gravity into subtle structures on large scales....
Reading
12 videos (Total 133 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video12 videos
1. Milky Way5m
2. Mass and Motions7m
3. Dark Matter16m
4. The Galactic Center9m
5. Properties of Galaxies20m
6. Galaxy Distances11m
7. Active Galaxies17m
8. Large Scale Structure7m
9. Structure Formation14m
10. Cosmic Expansion7m
11. Dark Energy10m
Reading3 readings
Lesson eight overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 8a (Videos 1-5)14m
Lesson Quiz 8b (Videos 6-11)20m
Activity no. 1, "Galaxy Zoo"30m

10

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Cosmology

The expanding universe points back to an extraordinary state of extremely high density and temperature called the big bang....
Reading
11 videos (Total 120 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
1. Scales of Space14m
2. Olbers Paradox3m
3. Old Light and Lookback Time8m
4. Contents of the Universe8m
5. Cosmology9m
6. Microwave Background13m
7. Big Bang14m
8. Early Universe17m
9. Present and Future10m
10. The Multiverse16m
Reading3 readings
Lesson nine overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 9a (Videos 1-10)20m

11

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Life in the Universe

The Earth gives us a ringside seat on the physical, chemical, geological, and biological evolution of a dynamic terrestrial planet. The abundance of terrestrial planets in remote solar systems motivates the search for life and technology elsewhere in the universe....
Reading
14 videos (Total 139 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video14 videos
1. Biology6m
2. The Unity of Life14m
3. Extremophiles6m
4. Exobiology5m
5. The Origin of Life7m
6. The Evolution of Life13m
7. The Nature of Intelligence10m
8. Weird Life7m
9. Companionship8m
10. Drake Equation8m
11. Communication19m
12. Life as Computation13m
13. The Simulation Hypothesis13m
Reading3 readings
Lesson ten overview10m
Lecture slide .pdfs10m
Supplementary materials10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Lesson Quiz 10a (Videos 1-8)16m
Lesson Quiz 10b (Videos 9-13)16m
Activity no. 2, "Observing Project"16m
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Top Reviews

By ASMay 15th 2018

A very interesting course in the aim of having broad look of astronomy with many lessons to help you to explore many interesting topics. For me it has been really worthy to take part of the course.

By SRSep 20th 2017

Thi course is fentastic one. It enhanced my knowledge about astronomy and space from zero to 8 on 10 scale. I am also able to appriciate some of my Physics learnings during my 10+2 high school

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Chris Impey

Distinguished Professor

About University of Arizona

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