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California Institute of Technology

The Evolving Universe

California Institute of Technology via Coursera


This is an introductory astronomy survey class that covers our understanding of the physical universe and its major constituents, including planetary systems, stars, galaxies, black holes, quasars, larger structures, and the universe as a whole.


  • Week 1
    • Welcome to The Evolving Universe!
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
  • Week 5
  • Week 6
  • Week 7
  • Week 8
  • Week 9
  • Week 10

Taught by

S. George Djorgovski


4.0 rating, based on 1 Class Central review

4.6 rating at Coursera based on 787 ratings

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  • I liked this course. It presented difficult fact in an engaging manner. I'm giving it 4/5 because the lectures were taped from live lectures, rather than prepared for the course itself, and that makes the most of the students questions inaudible. The assignments were nice, and the level of engagement was nice as well. It's now an archived course on edX and a self-paced one on Coursera, so check it out. Watch out, there are no more certificates available. Be sure to check out Galaxies & Cosmology after this course and to take this one prior to G&C, since you could end up confused in the latter because it's quite an advanced course. The professor is engaged in the forums, and responds to inquiries, so that's a huge plus.

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