Moons (FutureLearn)

Moons (FutureLearn)
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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.
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Moons (FutureLearn)
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special and ask whether we send humans to our Moon again. 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.

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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.


What topics will you cover?

- What are moons?

- Moons and what they are made of; craters and cratering

- Volcanism on moons, Europa, small moons

- Our Moon and how it has been explored

- What we have learned from the Moon

- Water on the Moon, and the future of lunar exploration

- Exploring other moons:

- Moons and the future; how many of them host life?


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

- Develop an awareness of the nature and diversity of moons in our Solar System, and their significance.

- Explain and understand the general nature of moons’ orbits and the effects of tides.

- Describe some of the possible origins of moons.

- Describe the compositions and nature of the surfaces and interiors of moons.

- Calculate and understand how impact craters are formed and recognise their significance for dating surfaces.

- Describe the nature and history of volcanic activity on several moons.

- Assess and be aware of which moons may have subsurface oceans, and the implications for hosting native life.

- Classify and become aware of the history of manned and unmanned lunar exploration, and of some of the major discoveries.

- Identify and recognise aspects of lunar samples seen under the microscope.

- Describe the different settings in which ‘water’ has been found on the Moon.

- Describe and be aware of the history of discovery and exploration of moons, and of future prospects.

- Reflect and suggest ways in which resources from the Moon may help future space exploration.



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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.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.