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Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy

University of Rochester via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Astronomy
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
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  • Duration 4 weeks long
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An introduction to modern astronomy's most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe.

Syllabus

Are we alone in the Universe?
Planets and Life in The Universe - Exoplanets searches, exoplanet census, astrobiology

How do Stars Evolve and Die?
The Life of Stars - Star formation, fusion and stellar middle age, black holes and stellar death-

What Exists Outside our Galaxy?
Galaxies and Their Environments - Galaxy types, Active Galactic Nuclei, Clusters of Clusters of Galaxies

What is the Fate of the Universe?
The History of The Universe - Why the Big Bang? A History of Time, What Happened Before the Big Bang

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Adam Frank

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Kristina Š
4.0 5 days ago
by Kristina completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a nice course divided into four modules dealing with four main questions: Are we alone in the Universe? How do Stars Evolve and Die? What Exists Outside our Galaxy? What is the Fate of the Universe? Although only 4 weeks long, each module covers at least 15 video lectures, so it would take you a whole day to go through that week's lectures. However, since it's self-paced, there's a higher degree of freedom here. The teaching style was nice, and it covers basics of astrobiology, astrophysics and cosmology, and it's somewhere between an introductory course and an intermediate one (the quizzes aren't that easy). Unfortunately, there are no problems or math assignments, but this may be a positive thing for beginners wanting to experience the wonderful world of astronomy. The forums are a bit desolate, but this seems to be an issue with self-paced courses, too bad. All in all, go for it, there's always something new to learn.

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