Short Courses in Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Astronomy & Space Sciences


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Astronomy is the natural science that studies celestial bodies, the forces developed in their interaction in space and other observable phenomena. Space sciences include other areas of investigation such as space travel and space exploration, in addition to astronomy. Astronomers observe the birth, evolution, extinction and movement of objects in space, such as planets and stars, solar systems and galaxies, asteroids and comets, and black holes. Professionals try to predict future outcomes in the life of the universe, and they try to formulate clear theories about the past and origin of the cosmos. Astronomy and space sciences are closely related to astrophysics, aerospace engineering, astronautics, and it often involves knowledge from chemistry, mathematics, and statistics.

Bachelors and Masters in Astronomy blend theoretical lectures in mathematics and astrophysics, with observatory practices, computer programming and simulations. Space studies deliver knowledge regarding space sciences, management, operations and economy. Students deal with subjects covering the mechanics behind space stations, satellites, space crafts and transportation systems.

Many astronomy graduates choose to continue their studies in research, in a specialised area of astronomy. Career prospects include traditional positions such as scientist, technician, engineer, astronomer, or manager within an observatory or an institute.

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Suggested Short Courses in Astronomy & Space Sciences

Short Course Options in Astronomy

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Astronomy, such as "Space Exploration and Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Cosmos", "A Short Tour of the Universe Guided by Einstein and Others" and "Fundamentals of Contemporary Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe".

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Short Course Observational Astronomy Laboratory

The "Observational Astronomy Laboratory" course from Stanford Summer is centered on laboratory sessions at the Stanford teaching observatory, where students will learn about our optiacl telescopes and use them to make scientific measurements of some of the showpiece objects of the night sky.

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Short Course Planetary science and the search for life

This module tackles fundamental questions about our Solar System. How did it form and how has it evolved? Why aren’t all the planets like Earth? How and why did life arise on Earth? Has life arisen elsewhere in the Solar System or beyond, and could it be intelligent? You’ll look at the exploration of the Solar System by spacecraft; planetary processes such as volcanism and impacts; the structure of planets and their atmospheres; and asteroids, comets and meteorites. You’ll use web-based resources and electronic conferencing extensively. Although the module is intended for a wide range of people, a background in science is required.

United Kingdom
Short Course Astronomy

Astronomy considers the structure, origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole, asking questions such as: How are stars born, and what happens when they die? How do galaxies form, and how do we know that the universe began in a ‘big bang’? This introduction to astronomy investigates the stars and their life cycles, galaxies and quasars, and the origin and evolution of the universe – and how it might continue to evolve in the future. You’ll make use of computer-based resources and can undertake some straightforward project work, based on your observations of the sky.

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