The Science of the Solar System

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Learn about the science behind the current exploration of the solar system in this free class. Use principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology to understand the latest from Mars, comprehend the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in our neighborhood and beyond. This course is generally taught at an advanced level assuming a prior knowledge of undergraduate math and physics, but the majority of the concepts and lectures can be understood without these prerequisites. The quizzes and final exam are designed to make you think critically about the material you have learned rather than to simply make you memorize facts. The class is expected to be challenging but rewarding.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
When I signed up to this course, I thought this would interesting but easy as I have a deep interest for space. Yes it was interesting, but boy it was hard. So hard in fact I learnt new things. It was very challenging in that I had to really think hard about my home works. Prof. Brown has done an amazing job teaching this course and giving us fiendishly difficult questions to tackle...but the thing is I found these quizzes/homeworks addictive! The best MOOC I have done so far.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 month ago
Totally agree with what I read from comments of fellow students :) A really good Mooc, challenging, but really addictive and covers a lot ! Planets are fascinating and it is a deep enthusiastic dive in the solar system.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 month ago
I think the course was fascinating! I also enjoy that Mike Brown tries to keep the course material up to date and gives the course that vibrating feeling that it's still up to date and there's an activity in the forums etc. I would also say that the quizzes are well formulated for you to really think about the material deeply and to identify where your understanding of a topic needs improvement.
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Steve Hyde

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 3 weeks ago
An excellent overview - not too technical, but gives a good outline of the current state of knowledge and exploration of the solar system and beyond. Mike's style is easy to follow. Quizzes will make you pay attention.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 months ago
I enjoy various space and astronomy channels, and was eager to take this course by the astronomer who "killed" Pluto. It lives up to expectations, but it's tough! But definitely worth the effort.
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Furkan Kodakoglu

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 months ago
If you want to know more about how astronomer scientists do research, this is a good starting course. In the beginning I thought I would be familiar with the topics of this course, but Mike Brown looks from completely different perspective of solar science.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 months, 2 weeks ago
One of the best courses in coursera I had so far: Mike Brown is absolutely inspiring and student-oriented: a fascinating course about the incredible progresses of last decades gaining the possibility to think critically. A background in physics helps but it is indeed an enrichement for everybody who is curious about the solar system and how one get conclusions about it. Amazing well done! Interesting is also that the course is regularly updated with hints about last discoveries.
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Glen Mumford

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
A very in-depth course about the history of our solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life with special attention given to Mars, Jupiter, the asteroid belts, moons and planet nine. I liked it so much I took it twice!
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Sairel Carranza

10/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 4 weeks ago
This course went beyond merely top of the iceberg knowledge of the common astronomy, rather you understand concepts related to the actual science: Physics, Engineering, Chemistry.
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Astrophel Samson

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Course is precise, engaging and relevant to understand challenging vast contents. Prof. Brown's teaching style has broaden my understanding of Solar system. All lectures comes with clearly detailed explanations.The course is well suited for novice to advance students. All in all enthusiastic Prof. successfully delivers a research and evidence-based course.
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Karen Gallant

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 2 weeks ago
I learned so much . The content was excellent and presented in a very informative way. The instructor was so enthusiastic about his area of expertise that it made taking the course a joy. I do not have a background in physics or math but I was still able to follow along and eventually get more than 80 % on all the quizzes.
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John B

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 3 weeks ago
A challenging course from which I learned a great deal. The quizzes require one to be very thoughtful and to be very attentive. One learns to be more aware of the uncertainty of a proposed hypothesis being confirmed and how new data always has a way of creating exciting new discoveries.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 months ago
Informative contents. Challenging quiz, but all information provided in the lecture (you might need to rewatch some after seeing quiz questions). Great instructor. Mike Brown could make all the hard-to-grasp information from research papers so much easier to digest. Highly recommended for those space enthusiasts out there !!
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Doug Whitesel

10/10 starsCompleted
5 months ago
Mike Brown has a rare gift for communication - just check him out on the internet to experience a master in action. This course was very informative and enjoyable for me. I found the tests to be a challenge, but they were more than just a consolidation of the information in the lectures - they were additional learning experiences. I am a recently retired business analyst and wanted to add to my limited knowledge of the sky that I've accumulated through many years of backyard telescope stargazing. This course has given me back the spark that I first got listening to Carl Sagan decades ago. Congratulations to Professor Brown, Caltech and Coursera for offering this wonderful experience!
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Edwina Delaney

10/10 starsCompleted
5 months, 1 week ago
Terrific course. Highly informative and interesting. Very well presented and explained. Really user friendly. A lot of difficult scientific material was presented in ways that made it understandable and easy to comprehend. I recommend this course thoroughly.
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5 months, 1 week ago
This course helps me become a semi professional guy from an amateur hobbyist. All the information, all these science principles behinds are understandable! If you are an enthusiast of space, definitely you should take this course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 months, 1 week ago
Incredibly engaging teacher, deeply knowledgeable, and actually funny. I was not a science major, but have an interest in the topic and was able to follow along well for the most part. And where I couldn't, the challenge was good! I know have a much better understanding of the concepts involved.
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5 months, 1 week ago
This one of the most interesting courses ever.. the professor is great and makes easy very complex themes and hasa great sense of humor. The quizes are very challenging but adecuate to the contents of evey lecture.. the skeptical view of the professor is realle inspiring.. there are guest lecturer that do a great job as well... its a real science course
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 months, 2 weeks ago
Dr Brown does a fantastic job of communicating his passion in an exciting and engaging way. Its a privilege get this information from such a world leader in this field. The guest lecturers add to the credibility of this course. I did this course as I was annoyed that most TV shows had not added to my more than 20 year out of date knowledge - this course sorted that out. Only improvement would be to do a couple of updates as there are a few sections which show their age - referring to upcoming missions that have happened or been moved. However I loved this course - it has me thirsty to learn more.
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Thomas Burr

10/10 starsCompleted
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Truly a fascinating course. Dr. Brown and guest lecturers were outstanding. Making very interesting topics understandable and even more interesting. I am a retired professor in biological sciences. I had really little exposure to studies on the solar system. Learning in particular how planets, moons, stars and other bodies are investigated was really spectacular. The significance of past, future and ongoing studies to understanding life was very eye-opening. I would highly recommend this class to anyone with even slight interest in the universe.
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Victoria R.

10/10 starsCompleted
7 months ago
Professor Brown goes above and beyond to help you understand the HOW of the solar system. he approaches the topic in so many different ways that magically fit together. He uses great graphs that seem extremely complicated but that he explains in so much detail, you feel like a professional in the field. The class also has some guest speakers that bring new knowledge to the course. Another amazing element from this course is that it isn't entirely theoretical; Prof. Brown shows you how the cores of planets form, or how we can determine the potential habitability of a planet based on spectroscopy, but as he does this, he uses a wide range of scholarly papers and real-life events to enhance your knowledge. He talks about NASA missions as a tool to explain how this field is being researched. Professor Brown was clear at all times and provided insight into the solar system that you will rarely find by reading a whole Wikipedia page. Amazi... Professor Brown goes above and beyond to help you understand the HOW of the solar system. he approaches the topic in so many different ways that magically fit together. He uses great graphs that seem extremely complicated but that he explains in so much detail, you feel like a professional in the field. The class also has some guest speakers that bring new knowledge to the course. Another amazing element from this course is that it isn't entirely theoretical; Prof. Brown shows you how the cores of planets form, or how we can determine the potential habitability of a planet based on spectroscopy, but as he does this, he uses a wide range of scholarly papers and real-life events to enhance your knowledge. He talks about NASA missions as a tool to explain how this field is being researched. Professor Brown was clear at all times and provided insight into the solar system that you will rarely find by reading a whole Wikipedia page. Amazing course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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7 months ago
I wanted to take this course because I will start studying physics in the fall semester. It has been a long and very beneficial journey for me. I didn't know most of the terminology but the course is very detailed and explains them well. It was a hard course for a beginner but if you are open for the struggle, you should give it a try. Mike Brown, the instructor, is one of the best teachers I have had. He is very funny and keeps things interesting. Even in times of struggle, I had fun. I recommend this course for everybody who wants to have a deeper understanding on the solar system and how to do measurments in astrophysics. Also, I want to give a special shout-out to the last lessons last few minutes. Mr. Brown really made me feel good about myself and scientist-to-be side is very thankful.
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Rohit Thakar

10/10 starsCompleted
7 months ago
The course content was of intermediate level. The instructor is awesome. Literally, I hope everyone gets a teacher like him. There is a column of notes, in that all the data that was used was given with links of all the papers used and eveything else. It was put as extra but I think as I have completed the course now, I will definitely go through it to learn more.
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7 months, 1 week ago
Couldn't imagine it being done better. Provided not just information, but made the research papers less intimidating and approachable. Just the right mix of overview and details. Prof. Brown made you feel like part of an exciting journey and provided the tools for you to continue it on your own. I look forward to future courses from Caltech and Prof. Brown.
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Asad Rajbhoy

10/10 starsCompleted
7 months, 1 week ago
Prof Mike Brown made the course more interesting than I had anticipated. There was some physics and mathematics involved which was a bit difficult, but the diagrams and figures made it easy to understand the concepts. I have gained a renewed interest in the solar system and will be following the progress of the space probes more closely now. I highly recommend the course.
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7 months, 1 week ago
(Speaking as a high school astronomy teacher) It does a great job of covering the basics and going more in depth on details and explanations of why phenomena happen, how how we know or think we know something. While I already knew the basics myself, I still learned a lot from taking this course even though I took Geology of the Solar System in my undergrad education. This course will challenge you, but in a way that is still pretty accessible to most.
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7 months, 2 weeks ago
I've taken this course before and was curious on how updated the material would be. I understand that keeping up on the very dynamic and changing field, as there are always new discoveries, would be a challenge on keeping up as current as possible. Overall I would highly recommended this course to anyone that wants to have an understanding of the solar system above the beginner level. Also I would highly recommend to read most of the additional resources listed as this provides good background information to help make it easier to understand what is given in the lecture.
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Davide

10/10 starsCompleted
7 months, 2 weeks ago
It has been an extraordinary journey, deep down through the various exciting topics regarding solar/extra-solar system science. The instructor has been so fond and enthusiastic while explaining even the most difficult concept during his lectures, together with other scientists hosted to deepen into some of the topics showing results of their research, who have been as well passionate and clear. Finally, thanks to Coursera to have offered such scientific and beautiful courses, with an excellent organization of the contents and the site both on desktop and mobile version!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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7 months, 3 weeks ago
Prof Brown's lectures ( guest lectures too) are quite informative. Albeit a bit tough (quiz part), the course is worth it! I do appreciate the course and strongly recommend it....
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Glenn MacIntyre

10/10 starsCompleted
7 months, 3 weeks ago
The best course I have ever taken. Every class was incredibly interesting and very well delivered. I enjoyed the science and math as well as the just-golly-wow enjoyment of exploring the solar system and beyond. Thank you!
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