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University of Geneva

The Diversity of Exoplanets

University of Geneva via Coursera


In this MOOC, you will have the opportunity to practice several methods of detection and characterisation of exoplanets.
You will discover their statistical properties and the current state of knowledge we have in this very recent field of research. You will also understand the limitations and biases of the different detection techniques.
At the end of this MOOC, you will have a good general understanding of the methods of detection and characterisation of exoplanets and their atmosphere. You will also have a basic understanding of spectroscopy and light curve analysis.
All this knowledge will help you to participate in and understand citizen science projects.

The original version of the MOOC dates from 2014 and some of the content has been updated in 2020 to take into account the progress of research in the field.

Taught by

Stéphane Udry


5.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Sean Burke completed this course.

    One of my favorite MOOCs ever, and I really hope it is brought back for a repeat. It's an extraordinary privilege to learn about exoplanets from the team that discovered the first, and the kind of thing that for most of us can only happen online!
  • Robert Kane

    Robert Kane completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    This is a good class on the techniques used to discover exo-planets. The quizzes feature math questions frequently, so get your scientific calculators out. You can download a copy of the lecture transcripts to study for the quizzes. The grade is based on your six quiz scores, but you can take each quiz 3 times and you get the highest score of the 3. Over all a good class.

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