Oct 17th 2016

Astronomy: Discovering the Universe (Open2Study)

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Explore the evolution of the universe, the future of astronomy & the role technology plays in new discoveries. What was the Big Bang? How do black holes work? Could there be life elsewhere in the Universe? In this subject we’ll address those topics, as well as gaining some insight into how great scientific discoveries were made, and what's involved in scientific research.

We'll also look at the vital role that new technology plays in scientific discoveries. We'll talk to scientists about their role in the development of largest telescope in the history of astronomy: the Square Kilometre array.

What will you learn?

- How people over the ages have tried to understand the world around them

- How we have developed our current picture of the Universe

- What the Universe looks like on different scales - from the Earth and the Solar System right up to the largest-scale structure of the universe

- Key theories in astronomy and the key individuals behind them

- How the universe has evolved and what new discoveries we are finding through the use of new technologies

- Some insight into the big questions we hope to find answers for, such as whether we are alone in the universe

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 2 hours 42 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.