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.
Antoinecompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is a very wide outlook of physics and astronomy . I use it frequently as an introduction to choose other MOOCs on planets or astronomy . Picking one subject after another , Pr Impey introduce cosmology or exoplanets or robotic missions , particles , telescopes etc, etc ... Very informative at a basic level . Perfect for a start .
It is the best course I've ever had online. Very nice videos, with animations and real images, a lot of extra material to read; of course it is also demanding, but it is really worth it if you are passionate about astronomy.
Kristinacompleted this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is a great overview of modern astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, and even astrobiology. It features lectures not only on philosophy of science and history of space missions, but it gves a nice commentary on the current technological state as well. There are lectures on Solar System, where you can find out about planets and moons, and basic astrobiological terminology, which is then further investigated in later lectures. There is also a lecture on telescopes, which is really useful for techies, and the techniques for finding exoplanets are discussed as well. All in all, the most comprehensive introduction to astronomy online, and the most fun one. It's perfect for beginners, and it's great for experts trying to find better teaching methods. The class features lots of excerpts - educational and fun ones - which make the learning process amazing. Every recommendation!
The course itself is okay but it attracted some real fruitcakes. Its the usual Atheist versus Christian garbage I've seen this on other Coursera courses, but this one was the worst since even complaints to Coursera came to nothing, and insulting threads were left open. I have no interest in this discussion, but it is hard to ignore when the motivated people keep getting their threads and comments high on the forum boards. I am sick of this Christian bashing nonsense. It is completely disrespectful. One guy in particular just kept on posting his very opinionated hate speech aimed at Christians, and nothing was done about him. Anyone who commented on his intolerance was attacked. Not worth it, unless they can put this in order and actually close down inappropriate threads and comments aimed at hurting a portion of the student population.