Planet trek: Now a crash course on the solar system

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2015 16:15 IST

It’s like going back to school again and reading up on the solar system – the sun and everything that orbits around it, including planets, moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. Take a virtual eight-week course on the introduction to solar systems astronomy that allows learners to explore the exciting world of outer space.

The course starts on August 20, 2015. Students can log on to -

EdX’s new course seeks to explore the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of the solar system and exosolar planetary systems. It focuses on the history of astronomy, properties of light, instruments, the study of the solar system and nearby stars.

While studying for the programme, learners will learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope, the Lowell Observatory, the Challenger Space Centre and the Meteor Crater, the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth.

The course will also give them 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. But it is strongly encouraged that learners consult with their institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring the credit.

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