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Discover the amazing diversity of moons in our Solar System

There are lots of moons in our Solar System. The Earth is the only planet with just a single moon. Some are bigger than ours. Many are much smaller. Some moons have ongoing volcanic eruptions. Others have rivers of liquid methane. A small handful may even be home to primitive life.

This online course will allow you to explore the rich diversity of moons in our Solar System. With experts from The Open University, you’ll explore the fundamental processes that have shaped them, and the relationship between our Moon and the Earth.

The course was produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.

An interest in learning about the moons of our Solar System and the methods used to understand them. Prior knowledge of astronomy is not expected.

Taught by

David Rothery

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  • Pat completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Eight weeks of fascinating information in this course. Some physics and maths but the concepts are explained clearly. You don't need any prior knowledge of astronomy to enjoy this course.

    There are plenty of beautiful images of many of the more than 180 moons in our solar system, plus other supplementary information and interesting links.
  • Antoine Ciolkovitch completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Nice course organized by Pr Rothery . All recent robotic missions in the Solar System provide us with more and more datas on the subject . Pr Rothery is highly involved in the course forum and the Facebook Group . His book is a very good complement .
  • Jaimee Van Der Westhuizen

    Jaimee Van Der Westhuizen completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Very interesting course. There is a good mix of articles, videos, discussions and quizzes - and so the course was quite interactive. There were also very useful additional materials given that expanded on the topics. I strongly recommend this course if you have an interest in astronomy.
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