Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy

Provided by:
9/10 stars
based on  55 reviews
Provided by:
Cost FREE
Start Date In Session

Course Details

Cost

FREE

Upcoming Schedule

  • In Session

Course Provider

edX online courses
Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be tau...
Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be taught by David J. Malan, a senior lecturer on computer science at Harvard University for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But there's not just one professor - you have access to the entire teaching staff, allowing you to receive feedback on assignments straight from the experts. Pursue a Verified Certificate to document your achievements and use your coursework for job and school applications, promotions, and more. EdX also works with top universities to conduct research, allowing them to learn more about learning. Using their findings, edX is able to provide students with the best and most effective courses, constantly enhancing the student experience.

Provider Subject Specialization
Sciences & Technology
Business & Management
22699 reviews

Course Description

In this introductory 4-credit hour lecture and laboratory course, we will explore the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system and exosolar planetary systems. We will cover the history of astronomy, properties of light, instruments, the study of the solar system and nearby stars.

Throughout the course, we will learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope, the Lowell Observatory, the Challenger Space Center, and Meteor Crater, the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. We will also get a chance to virtually walk through the Lunar Exploration Museum and Arizona State University’s Moeur Building, home of the Mars Space Flight Facility where ASU scientists and researchers are using spacecraft instruments on Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the red planet.

This course satisfies the Natural Science — Quantitative (SQ) general studies requirement at Arizona State University. Introduct...

In this introductory 4-credit hour lecture and laboratory course, we will explore the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system and exosolar planetary systems. We will cover the history of astronomy, properties of light, instruments, the study of the solar system and nearby stars.

Throughout the course, we will learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope, the Lowell Observatory, the Challenger Space Center, and Meteor Crater, the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. We will also get a chance to virtually walk through the Lunar Exploration Museum and Arizona State University’s Moeur Building, home of the Mars Space Flight Facility where ASU scientists and researchers are using spacecraft instruments on Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the red planet.

This course satisfies the Natural Science — Quantitative (SQ) general studies requirement at Arizona State University. Introduction to Astronomy may satisfy a general education requirement at other institutions; however, it is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring the credit.

Reviews 9/10 stars
55 Reviews for Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy

Ratings details

  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars

Rankings are based on a provider's overall CourseTalk score, which takes into account both average rating and number of ratings. Stars round to the nearest half.

Sort By
S Howe profile image
S Howe profile image

S Howe

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 7 months ago
Time and effort was made in organizing the course and the topics are interesting but found it frustrating that "labs" were just math exercises with little to no math support. Call them math exercises and offer links to videos on conversion and fractions to better support people who don't have time to keep googling videos to get math help. I liked the projects and would like to see more of them. I was disappointed that no one ever read my work and it was all "self graded" The live weekly cast is a good addition. But not all can attend. The lectures were ok. but I would suggest a presentation with some slides or powerpoint as an accompaniment instead of just talking. Lectures are more engaging with a diagram or two. Like the other reviewer I found myself googling a lot. I have pretty good although rusty math skills and still struggled. The course assumes you know a lot of metric conversion and have at least Algebra 2 or highe... Time and effort was made in organizing the course and the topics are interesting but found it frustrating that "labs" were just math exercises with little to no math support. Call them math exercises and offer links to videos on conversion and fractions to better support people who don't have time to keep googling videos to get math help. I liked the projects and would like to see more of them. I was disappointed that no one ever read my work and it was all "self graded" The live weekly cast is a good addition. But not all can attend. The lectures were ok. but I would suggest a presentation with some slides or powerpoint as an accompaniment instead of just talking. Lectures are more engaging with a diagram or two. Like the other reviewer I found myself googling a lot. I have pretty good although rusty math skills and still struggled. The course assumes you know a lot of metric conversion and have at least Algebra 2 or higher math skills which is fair, but know what you are getting into. The attached text is a good read but more effort needs to be made to make videos for math questions. The support was not good for the site. Two times on the homework the answer was marked correct but the progress score showed incorrect. I tried to find someone to email, but instead got a "thanks for submitting your request and little else. The grade is still wrong and I gave up. If you are looking a good overview of the planets, orbits and the night sky, this is your course. Lots of interesting material. If your math skills are average to below average, engage a real math tutor beforehand and your experience will be much better.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

2/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 8 months ago
When taken for credit, this course is a disappointment. Despite what other reviews here may say, the instructors do not provide an adequate path to student success. They do not tell you how to do every lab question and leave you to your own googling to do it all. This is simply not as effective as a traditional lab setting. The course has clearly had significant effort put into it, but the instructors delete questions from the discussion board they do not approve of, and do not directly assist those in need. I love the ASU-edX partnership, but this SQ requirement translation attempt is a total disaster. Stay away.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Gabriel Lopez profile image
Gabriel Lopez profile image

Gabriel Lopez

6/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 8 months ago
Very well, astronomy is what I like and I would like to expand my knowledge by taking this astronomy course of the solar system
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years ago
I have taken quite a few MOOCs for general interest and found this course enjoyable and challenging. I was auditing so I didn't have to stick to the deadlines. That was useful because I had to review simple algebra for some of the math problems. The math was realistic because that seems to be what astronomy is about. Everything is "out there" and can't be replicated in the lab like biology or physics so it has to be measured and calculated. Whenever I had a question it was answered quickly. I would be interested in taking a more advanced course if it's offered.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
student profile image
student profile image

student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I audited it, so I skipped the Labs (which were pretty math intensive). I think the instructor is terrific and the material is fascinating. I learned a lot about our solar system and beyond.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Jason Kilgore profile image
Jason Kilgore profile image

Jason Kilgore

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
Arizona (EdX Partnership) Came back after decades away from being at college. And took 5 courses through the ASU program and did exceptionally well, which I found out down the road, I can apply for College Credit through Arizona State University which was amazing opportunity for an old timer like myself to apply for college credit while working for my second bachelors degree at Nazarene Bible College (CO) and my second Associate at Fredrick Community College (MD) both colleges allowing me to apply the 5 classes/16 units towards my general electives. Amazing course, learned a lot in these courses.. Thanks again for educating an old fart! Arizona State University and edX - THE PARTNERSHIP was amazing, teachers were exceptional- THE SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION - ROCKS! Got to learn from some of the best Professors around and a support team that was unmatched. Thanks again ASU and edX.. WHAT IS THE WORD THE YOUNG CATS USE THESE DAYS???? AWE... Arizona (EdX Partnership) Came back after decades away from being at college. And took 5 courses through the ASU program and did exceptionally well, which I found out down the road, I can apply for College Credit through Arizona State University which was amazing opportunity for an old timer like myself to apply for college credit while working for my second bachelors degree at Nazarene Bible College (CO) and my second Associate at Fredrick Community College (MD) both colleges allowing me to apply the 5 classes/16 units towards my general electives. Amazing course, learned a lot in these courses.. Thanks again for educating an old fart! Arizona State University and edX - THE PARTNERSHIP was amazing, teachers were exceptional- THE SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION - ROCKS! Got to learn from some of the best Professors around and a support team that was unmatched. Thanks again ASU and edX.. WHAT IS THE WORD THE YOUNG CATS USE THESE DAYS???? AWESOME!!!!
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Mustafa Adam profile image
Mustafa Adam profile image

Mustafa Adam

2/10 starsDropped
3 years, 1 month ago
How much you like this course depends on you. I didn't like it. The course is not rigorous one bit. I don't want a course that's hard and mathematics intensive, but a course can be introductory without talking and talking so much. So far, Astronomy doesn't seem like a science. It seems to be a collections of bits of information that are suitable for a quiz show. I couldn't get past the first week. A bit more depth would've been appreciated. Using the kitchen as a background setting for a course is useless and odd. The titles of the videos is charming and pointless. The videos are just talking, talking and more talking. At least as the professor is speaking, add pictures and animations illustrating what he's talking about. On the other hand, the video quality is superb and the professor is likable. In conclusion, this is not a science course. There's no deduction of facts and in depth understanding (suitable to beginners) of the uni... How much you like this course depends on you. I didn't like it. The course is not rigorous one bit. I don't want a course that's hard and mathematics intensive, but a course can be introductory without talking and talking so much. So far, Astronomy doesn't seem like a science. It seems to be a collections of bits of information that are suitable for a quiz show. I couldn't get past the first week. A bit more depth would've been appreciated. Using the kitchen as a background setting for a course is useless and odd. The titles of the videos is charming and pointless. The videos are just talking, talking and more talking. At least as the professor is speaking, add pictures and animations illustrating what he's talking about. On the other hand, the video quality is superb and the professor is likable. In conclusion, this is not a science course. There's no deduction of facts and in depth understanding (suitable to beginners) of the universe. I don't know where the high reviews are coming from.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Dawn C. profile image
Dawn C. profile image

Dawn C.

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
Absolutely fantastic course with great Lectures! Dr. F. Timmes is an outstanding educator and explains concepts in very relatable ways. His Lectures are engaging and I really felt privileged to be learning from someone with his level of knowledge and experience. The math was challenging, but its been over 20 years since I did math..so could have just been me. He and his TA answered questions within just a few hours of posting, (my personal experience was within the hour). Very informative and engaging.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Nick Sestrac profile image
Nick Sestrac profile image

Nick Sestrac

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
One of the greatest Astronomy course I followed. It's informative, fun and serious in the same time. Highly recommended.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
student profile image
student profile image

student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I knew quite a lot before starting this course, because astronomy has been my hobby since I was a kid. This course helped me put everything in place, but also gave me so much more. I now know how to learn not passively, but actively. The whole course is very interesting, and materials and memory practice really help a lot. So yes, I give it maximum points.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Salman M profile image
Salman M profile image

Salman M

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Excellent introduction into Astronomy. I've learned so much. One of the best organized MOOC I've ever encountered. Professor Timmies and the team are extremely helpful...you are guaranteed to have your question answered within 2-4 hours max. Either way, if you've been trying to learn about Astronomy but don't know where to start, this course will help you the most.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Andres Leon Rangel profile image
Andres Leon Rangel profile image

Andres Leon Rangel

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 7 months ago
I had lots of fun with this course. I learnt a lot about the basics of astronomy and it has become my passion.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Sanchita Abrol profile image
Sanchita Abrol profile image

Sanchita Abrol

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 7 months ago
I had a great time exploring the solar system and beyond. The course is quite interactive and it provided easy ways to remember what we had learnt. I am thrilled to have been a part of this course. I adore the Google Hangout Sessions where all our doubts were answered in real time, right there. Thank you so much, team, for putting in the efforts!
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
This was a very enjoyable course. The content is challenging, and is presented by people who not only care passionately about the subject, but also the students' efforts to learn. It's very obvious that the instructors enjoy teaching, and that makes taking this course an absolute pleasure.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
John Peeler profile image
John Peeler profile image

John Peeler

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
This class and the ASU Global Freshman Academy have been invaluable in allowing me to resume my academic career after a hiatus. The subject matter of this class is at times awe-inspiring. The instructor greatly cares about what he teaches and delivers the modules in a fun and enthusiastic manner. I have recommended this to many friends and would suggest it to anyone looking to kick start their path to an enriched future.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Bojana Mrkic profile image
Bojana Mrkic profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
3 years, 8 months ago
I would highly recommend this course to everyone interested in introductory astronomy. It is interesting, challenging, easy to follow and fun. Staff on the project are fantastic. I found myself eagerly waiting for Monday when new lessons, homework, lab would be published. Thank you
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
 profile image
 profile image

10/10 starsTaking Now
  • 1 review
  • 0 completed
3 years, 9 months ago
Great course, great teacher and great solar system. Course content gives a good understanding of our solar system, its formation, evolving and future in a simple and funny way.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Taylor Hannah profile image
Taylor Hannah profile image

Taylor Hannah

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
Excellent class. Really enjoyed the instructor's lectures. The homework, quizzes, and labs reflect what you learn in the lectures, readings, and memory quizzes. The instructor, Dr. Frank Timmes, was very engaging in the discussion forums and provided book recommendations, answered questions, provided feedback, etc. I learned a lot.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Claudio Felicioli profile image
Claudio Felicioli profile image
6/10 starsCompleted
  • 58 reviews
  • 58 completed
3 years, 10 months ago
From a formal and scientific point of view, this is not the best course you can take. You will see neither astrophysics math nor instruments engineering. Anyway, it's a good introduction to astronomy, well suited for learners without previous experience.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Edward Pearson profile image
Edward Pearson profile image

Edward Pearson

2/10 starsDropped
3 years, 10 months ago
Frank Timmes from Arizona University has kicked me out of his only course, Edx Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, because I have once again complained about the nonsense they are pushing as sound science once again. He is still pushing the idea that the CMBR can be detected by commercial AM and FM radios. An obvious nonsense as to begin with the frequencies are all wrong and amplifiers cooled with liquid helium are required. It is quite obvious he is an active part of the global elites dumbing down process and does not tolerate dissenting students. When the worlds universities have descended to this level there is little chance of anyone receiving a good science education. In the future I will enroll under another name and will continue to publicly expose any and all nonsense this idiot pushes. Frank Tmmes and all who support him need to be removed in the academic interests of students and the professional reputation of the uni... Frank Timmes from Arizona University has kicked me out of his only course, Edx Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, because I have once again complained about the nonsense they are pushing as sound science once again. He is still pushing the idea that the CMBR can be detected by commercial AM and FM radios. An obvious nonsense as to begin with the frequencies are all wrong and amplifiers cooled with liquid helium are required. It is quite obvious he is an active part of the global elites dumbing down process and does not tolerate dissenting students. When the worlds universities have descended to this level there is little chance of anyone receiving a good science education. In the future I will enroll under another name and will continue to publicly expose any and all nonsense this idiot pushes. Frank Tmmes and all who support him need to be removed in the academic interests of students and the professional reputation of the university.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Nikolaos Mavrakis profile image
Nikolaos Mavrakis profile image

Nikolaos Mavrakis

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 12 months ago
Course Content: What can I say? I could not imagine that a course like this would fit many many subjects! Did you know that the planets of our solar system are divided in Terrestial and Jovian? Terrestial means that the have a solid ground you can step on. Jovian means they are made of gas! Yes, gas. There are other gems inside this course too. Instructor: Great instructor. Explains well the content and has a great sense of humor. Plus, its lesson is taking place on a different environment/background (grand canyon, labs, next to a meteorite hole etc). Provider: I do not know what a provider is all about but because I liked this course, I will put provider a 5-star. Also note that the exams are not too easy. You must have a fair understanding of the whole material in order to be able to answer them. Happy travelling!
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Tony DeHayes profile image
Tony DeHayes profile image

Tony DeHayes

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Absolutely amazing course. I thoroughly enjoyed every week. It was very informative. So much so, I feel much better versed in not only Astronomy but, Algebra, Geology, and even Biology.. Very well executed.. The only issue I had was not with the course, but the software EdX uses during the Proctored Exams. I recommend this course..
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Francesco Urbano profile image
Francesco Urbano profile image

Francesco Urbano

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
This was a great course. Great content, great way to expose it. The pace was fast, sometimes stressful. It was hard, but it was fun. This class was one of my best learning experiences.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Carlos Pinedo profile image
Carlos Pinedo profile image

Carlos Pinedo

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
This is so far the best astronomy introductory course you will find online! The lectures are terrific and the readings are the best complement. It offers the Memory Practice section, which allows you to review the main concepts of the lesson. The homeworks check your understanding of the lessons and the labs are the best part. They are challenging and encourage you to think like a real astonomer!
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Christopher Cuya profile image
Christopher Cuya profile image

Christopher Cuya

6/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
The Lab are very hard and no solutions to the answer itself. Lab shows you mathematical skill but no solution. Since I am thinking it is a freshman course , since most of us don't have knowledge of Physics. No technique to solve the problem. Otherwise the course talks a lot of Origins of Solar System, How does astronomers see in a different way and shows you to analyze the earth , moon surfaces.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag

Rating Details


  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars

Rankings are based on a provider's overall CourseTalk score, which takes into account both average rating and number of ratings. Stars round to the nearest half.