AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery

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AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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How astronomy really works - an overview of the technology that astronomers use to collect and measure light from the universe, and how it is used in practice to make scientific discoveries.
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9 Reviews for AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery

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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
  • 2 completed
5 years, 4 months ago
If you're new to the subject of astronomy, this MOOC could be a good place to start. You just have 5 videos per week, each ranging from 5-15 minutes (except for the first week; you have 4) and a weekly quiz. Get 65% of the points and you'll earn an SoA. Andy and Catherine are two great instructors- they make everything look so simple (although, astronomy is not at all easy to grasp in my view). I definitely recommend this course to novices, who are eager to learn more about the technology used in space studies.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
The course is an excellent introductory course to the hardware tools used in Astronomy. The overall technologies used in the field of Astronomy are discussed , from telescopes to CCD , spectroscope and so on. This course is brief and a further detailed content would be more welcomed.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
This is the best course to start your hobby or future research in astronomy/astrophysics. The instructors are amazing, and I'm sad I hadn't started with this course a long time ago, instead of self-study. However, even if you're not new to cosmology and astrophysics, it's worthwhile, since the discussion forums go from basic topics to really advanced ones, so it's a great place to drop by and enjoy some awesome discussions with smart people. And a huge plus for instructors participating in these discussions as well!
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 12 reviews
  • 10 completed
4 years, 5 months ago
Well, it was good but short. Simple & Focused but I've expected more info. Bottom line - very nice and easy to understand course, well presented - I recommend!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
The course was a great introduction to the technical side of Astronomy and Astrophysics, offering some insight into those physical objects used to gather data on far-away objects. It discusses some of the history of lens and camera technology, some important equations and terminology used in the field. The course follows a logical format, laying the foundation of tools in order to discuss the science behind the use of those tools. The forums were rather active, with the two lecturers and their teaching staff being involved in many of the discussions. The course as a whole was quite engaging, and I dropped some marks due to having some existing understanding of the subject-matter due to previous self-study of the subject.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
A short course in the Technology of Astronomy, interesting, informative, Andy and Catherine deserve a 'crystal' award for clarity. They left a lot out and left many subjects requiring further investigation by the student, as an Introduction to Astronomy it was excellent although a little fragmented, recommended for a 1st MOOC in AstroPhysics, possibly out of 10 MOOCs this must be in the first three.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
  • 2 completed
5 years, 5 months ago
I enjoyed this course. It was a beginners overview - which is what I needed. The lectures were interesting and easy to follow.
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5/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 5 months ago
...sorry I need to correct myself: they do cover telescopes in 1 lecture. However, still quite a confusing mix of topics and not going into much details.
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4/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 5 months ago
Well I liked the idea to learn about the Technology behind astronomy. However what I expected was something quite different. I thought they would show all the different kinds of telescopes for example. What I see is quite a confusing mix of bits and pieces of certain aspects that kind of seem to be picked randomly. Definitely a great general course for beginners in astronomy such as myself was for example "Highlights of modern astronomy" by Rochester University also on Coursera which gives a full overview of astronomy (without any focus on technology).
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