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AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery, with Andy Lawrence and Catherine Heymans

The University of Edinburgh seems to be leading the online teaching of space topics, with the Astrobiology class I’ve taken in the past, and now this: AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery offered for free on Coursera. The design of the course is interesting. Each week for 6 weeks, a new topic from astronomy is explained, and then they talk about the technology that is used to do the experiments: telescopes, CCD’s, spectrographs, and the like. It also touches on the math of those measurements, although the course simplifies it for us. And then a discussion of the future technology advances in each area.

It’s a well-structured format. It’s nice to have consistency from week-to-week. The videos are short and to the point, and the quizzes also reflect this approach by only having 5 questions each week. This is a nice little course for anyone interested in space, and is easily manageable in an hour or so per week.

The videos were well done – nothing fancy. Just the professors talking about and demonstrating the technology. I can’t find fault with anything they did here.

Let me know in the comments if you have taken this course, and what you thought.

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The University of Edinburgh seems to be leading the online teaching of space topics, with the Astrobiology class I've taken in the past, and now this: AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery offered for free on Coursera. The design of the course is interesting. Each week for 6 weeks, a new topic from astronomy is explained, and then they talk about the technology that is used to do the experiments: telescopes, CCD's, spectrographs, and the like. It also touches on the math of those measurements, although the course simplifies it for us. And then a discussion of the…

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A good level of detail on the technology, and the math, of astronomy.

This course is a review of the pieces of technology used in modern astronomy. Good for those who like space and who like tech - although who doesn't like both?

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