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AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery, The University of Edinburgh

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About this Course

"How do they know that?" Modern astronomy has made some astonishing discoveries - how stars burn and how black holes form; galaxies from the edge of the universe and killer rocks right next door; where the elements come from and how the expanding universe is accelerating. But how do we know all that? The truth is that astronomy would be impossible without technology, and every advance in astronomy is really an advance in technology. But the technology by itself is not enough. We have to apply it critically with a knowledge of physics to unlock the secrets of the Universe. Each week we will cover a different aspect of Astronomical technology, matching each piece of technology to a highlight science result. We will explain how the technology works, how it has allowed us to collect astronomical data, and, with some basic physics, how we interpret the data to make scientific discoveries. The class will consist of video lectures, weekly quizzes, and discussion forums. Each week there will be five videos, totalling approximately 40 minutes. They will be in a regular pattern - a short introduction, an example science story, an explanation of the key technology area, a look at how the technology is used in practice, and finally a look at what the future may hold....

Top reviews

By AS

Jul 10, 2017

Excellent Course!! Amazing Teachers!! You can learn a lot of fundamentals if you are new to the field.Highly recommended for people for starting who just getting into astronomy.

By EE

Apr 27, 2018

This Course is phenominal and the mix of practicals shown with the consistency of thery makes it a remarkable product of gaining basics ofAstronomical knowledge

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By David McClain

Feb 07, 2019

The professors were friendly, animated and explained concepts well in a manner that was easy to follow and understand.

By Conor Maguire

Jan 06, 2019

A fantastic course with an insight into principal theories that I cannot wait to explore further.

By SIRI.L

Jan 06, 2019

gives an insight on technology and instrumentation used in astronomy and very well explained.

By Richard Elkins

Jan 02, 2019

The professors were clear and well-articulated. It might have been my expectations but I had hoped for a deeper dive into the technology and more use of Math & Physics.

By Adrian Flower

Dec 16, 2018

Clear, understandable, accessible explanations of astrophysics. Excellent! Thank you!

By Zhenyu Chen

Nov 26, 2018

Great Introductory Course for Astronomical Discovery

By Alexander Warriner

Oct 11, 2018

This course was engaging and easy to understand. I'd recommend it to anyone even remoty interested in the subject material.

By NITHIN RAVISHANKAR

Jul 13, 2018

good

By Wade Christopher Andre Coetzee

Jul 11, 2018

Outstanding course

By Brice Bantegnie

Jun 21, 2018

Great course!!! Very clear, very interesting! Just the right level of detail to be interesting to both people who know no physics and people who know a little more (high school physics). The different technologies are presented by showing how they can help us explaining a specific astronomical phenomenon. The integration is not seamless (there is some overlap / some physics points are spread across several weeks) but it's close enough. I would take another course by the same instructors without any hesitation. If you are interested in astronomy as a science (and not only as a body of knowledge) don't miss this course!