Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy (Coursera)

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Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy (Coursera)
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.

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Syllabus


Week 1

Are we alone in the Universe?

Planets and Life in The Universe - Exoplanets searches, exoplanet census, astrobiology


Week 2

How do Stars Evolve and Die?

The Life of Stars - Star formation, fusion and stellar middle age, black holes and stellar death-


Week 3

What Exists Outside our Galaxy?

Galaxies and Their Environments - Galaxy types, Active Galactic Nuclei, Clusters of Clusters of Galaxies


Week 4

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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