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, 3 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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1 week, 6 days 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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2 weeks 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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10/10 starsCompleted
2 weeks, 3 days 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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3 weeks, 2 days 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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10/10 starsCompleted
3 weeks, 3 days 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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3 weeks, 5 days 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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4 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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10/10 starsCompleted
4 weeks, 1 day 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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1 month, 1 week 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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10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 1 week 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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1 month, 2 weeks ago
Just wow, it was a fantastic experience learning from Professors. Prof. Brown and colleagues did wonderful teaching and explaining the things about our beloved solar system and planets and stars beyond it. This is one of the best courses I've ever taken online. I'd recommend this course to anyone who has a little bit of interest in space and our solar system.
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1 month, 3 weeks ago
It was such a wonderful experience taking this course. I got much more than I expected. The course is extremely useful. The instructor keeps the study mood light and fun, as the course is a bit challenging. It not only tells is facts about the solar system but also gives insight of how planetary scientists find things or go about finding things or how they do what they do. The quizzes and questions in between help kind of summarize the learnings. The course also provides guest lectures and a fun field trip I would recommend this course to each and every one whether you are a bit of prior knowledge about solar system or you don't know anything about it. The course focuses less on mathematics and more on concepts. I can go on and on, but you people get it, right? Just go for the course :)
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Sanchit Menon

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months ago
The Course is very interesting. The Class covers 4 topics in a period of 9 weeks. The Instructor Mike Brown has done a wonderful job creating the content in the classes. It also involves Guest lectures by professors who are directly working or have high exposure in the field. Would highly recommend this course for people interested in Study of Solar System and partly Extra terrestrial planets.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
This course was amazing! Covers everything! Mike Brown is a good teacher too. Did this course was a incredible experience! I highly recommend anyone to enroll in this course.
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3 months, 3 weeks ago
The course content is enriching. It covers everything from the planets moons asteroids comets to life elsewhere in the universe. Mars is one of the focus of this course. You won't look at Mars the same way after completing this course. The best part is that this course teaches materials right from published papers of various journals. You see actual data and simulations. Our course instructor, Dr. Mike Brown is published author in peer-reviewed journals. His way of teaching has a calming effect. He talks about esoteric stuff in lucid terms. Lots of original research papers and abstracts are provided in the course "Resources" section for reference. This course will simply make you fall in love with our solar system.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 3 weeks ago
An amazing course. Professor Brown is a dynamic speaker and fascinating lecturer. For someone who has been out of school for decades and who lacks a science background, the course was challenging but well worth it. I have not only learned so much but I feel like a have a much better appreciation of the universe. I cursed whenever an equation was used but I am so glad I committed to the class. It was the best 9 weeks I have ever spent.
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3 months, 4 weeks ago
The best classes are the ones that give you the information you need to carry what you learn in the course to the next level - analysis. This class digs down into the details of our solar system so that you have the knowledge to ask and answer the 'What if?" questions. Professor Brown's lectures are engaging and his passion for the topic is ALWAYS evident. I am a serious amateur astronomer and this is the best of these online courses I have taken. The interface is sometimes clunky and there were some small portions of the lectures where the audio was a bit distorted but the teaching always showed through.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 months ago
This course is very informative, presenting tons of evidence to make logical sense of the topics shown. There are a few abstract concepts, but the instructor is so knowledgeable that he breaks them down into easier chunks. He is a great teacher. I learned a lot of good information. If you haven't taken a college level astronomy class, you will definitely learn a lot! Even if you have (I had), you will definitely learn new things! Highly Recommend!!!
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4 months, 1 week ago
This was an amazing and very educational course, the instructor is very knowledgeable I'm passionate about cosmology, and it shows in the way he teaches. I learned a lot, and I encourage anyone interested in astronomy to take its course, it's one of the best.
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4 months, 2 weeks ago
A worthy course to get into the Science of the Solar system, that will enjoy with medium knowledge of Science, or even for those who are not good at Phisics or Chemistry.
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Kristyna F

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 3 weeks ago
By far the best course I've ever taken. And it's not only about the topic (yes, 'space is cool', but believe me, it does not guaratee a good course), the structure of the course, the difficulty level vs pace&explaining balance, and, last but not the least, the instructor were simply brilliant! It's also worth mentioning that this course is probably not suitable for beginners or 'fans of space' who don't have some basics in physics and/or Earth sciences. Throughout the course I was really grateful for passing my university courses of climatology, geology, geomorphology, hydrology and many others. Summary: Greatly structured course delivered by an extraordinary lecturer for very motivated learners with scientific background.
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4 months, 3 weeks ago
I’m beyond happy I took this course. So many questions I’ve had were answered and so many questions I didn’t know I wanted to ask were brought forward. Mike Brown is an excellent instructor and his enthusiasm truly makes learning enjoyable. I highly recommend this to anyone who has even the smallest inkling of curiosity about where we live.
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4 months, 4 weeks ago
If you want to know some great stuff, enroll in this course right now. Take my word, you won't regret it. The presentation was great. The deep depth of each of the concepts was fascinating. And no need to say, Prof Mike was awesome.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 4 weeks ago
The course was fascinating and the material was well presented. I learned a lot (and I think I drove some of my friends crazy excitedly telling them about what I had learnt whether they wanted to hear it or not). The concepts presented really made you think. The math was not overly difficult but as Prof Brown said in his introduction, the concepts could be learned without the mathematical detail. It is by far the best online course I have taken so far.
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6 months, 4 weeks ago
This is a topic that has always interested me, the instructor and guest lecturers being so passionate about it, the explanations being deep yet not as difficult to follow through...It has been delightful! It would have been perfect if all videos had had the script written down for all users whose mother-tongue is not English. However, that is not a big deal. I would highly encourage anyone who loves the topic to take this course.
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6/10 starsCompleted
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7 months ago
Interesting course, however a lot of the information is outdated. Some of the modules haven't been updated in over 5 years (the Insight mission for example). It would have been nice to have a recent update on the latest science on Mars.
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9 months ago
It updated my childhood level knowledge of the subject. Of all kinds of knowledge, what surrounds us, seems to be one of the most fundamental ones for an educated person.
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10/10 starsCompleted
10 months ago
As a kid I've always had a huge interest for space so when I discovered Coursera this is the first MOOC I took and I've got to say I was really amazed by the quality of this course. The instructor is such an interesting humain being and the content is very fascinating. I have learned a lot about our solar system which has enforced my thirst for knowledge of space.
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10 months ago
My first Coursera online experience. I thought this course would be an easy overview. Not easy, but an excellent journey into a variety of solar system techniques for understanding the make up of our, and other, planetary systems. Technical at times, but at the right level. The quizzes were difficult for me, but a nice weekly challenge. Mike Brown and his associates were all excellent presenters. I would take a similar course. Some information is outdated (relative to November 2019) relating to space craft status and delayed launch dates, just a minor thing.
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