Short Courses in Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Astronomy & Space Sciences

Suggested Short Courses in Astronomy & Space Sciences

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.

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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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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