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New Course of the Week – AstroTech: The Science and Technology Behind Astronomical Discovery

Continuing the space theme from last week, this week’s new course of the week is AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery, offered by the University of Edinburgh on the Coursera platform. (They sure know how to concisely name courses in Scotland.)

As the name says, this course aims to teach students the science and technology behind discoveries in space. How do rockets work? How do telescopes work? How does the infra-red wavelength work? So while astronomers can announce that the distance to the nearest star is 4 light years, but how do they KNOW this? Each week, the course will tackle one of these questions.

From the course page:

Each week we will cover a different aspect of Astronomical technology, matching each piece of technology to a highlight science result. We will explain how the technology works, how it has allowed us to collect astronomical data, and, with some basic physics, how we the interpret the data to make scientific discoveries.

Sounds quite interesting. The University of Edinburgh recently offered the Astrobiology course as well, so they seem to be leading in terms of space and science themed MOOCs. Keep up the good work, Edinburgh!

 

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