Jun 27, 2019
Amazing introductory course and covers wide variety of topics ranging from history, to astronomy to astrobiology. Really great of amateur astronomers and for anyone who is remotely interested in it.
Sep 20, 2017
Thi course is fentastic one. It enhanced my knowledge about astronomy and space from zero to 8 on 10 scale. I am also able to appriciate some of my Physics learnings during my 10+2 high school
by Miguel T•
Aug 20, 2015
Good explanations about the topics.
by Luciana J K•
Jun 26, 2017
poderia ser mais dinâmico, mas o conteúdo é mto bom
by Leonie O•
Sep 26, 2017
Very interesting, well presented. I do prefer the format of The Moons couse on futurelearn however, found it hard to stay awake watching videos even though they are interesting. I think having to scroll and open links on the futurelearn site is enough to keep me awake and engaged.
by Francesca D•
Jan 16, 2018
This course covers all basic elements of astronomy and cosmology. The Professor is great and the lectures are very clear and effective. No math skills or previous knowledge of the topic is required.
An important limitation, however, is that much of the material is outdated. Some videos were recorded as far back as 2010! In the sciences everything changes fast, and a few years can make a big difference. I think the year the lectures were recorded should be indicated in the course’s info page, so that learners know this in advance.
The staff is great and the mentor always answers readily and kindly on forums.
by Sarah M•
Oct 07, 2017
Sometimes the videos are poorly edited, and the semi relevant videos last for much too long, but I learned a lot and it's a reallly good course!
by John P•
Feb 25, 2018
It was a very interesting course that I enjoyed
by Elena M•
Dec 22, 2016
Course was excellent. Prof. was excellent. I am a retired nurse so I took the course because of my lifelong interest in astronomy, science and the unknown. My only complaint is that I could not complete the last quiz because I could not get the micro-observatory to work on my Mac OS. My husband is a computer engineer and he could not get it to work on his computer either. This was disappointing!
by bhairav k•
Jul 17, 2017
It was a very good experience and super experience to add p your knowledge, but I face a problems only while reviewing peers otherwise it is best.
by Alankar T•
Jun 02, 2017
It was an amazing course. Learned a lot of things about space and time that i was unaware.
by Wouter O•
Nov 26, 2016
Good and clear explanations. At the end it became more difficult since filosophie was involved which for me opened my ey. Some 'slides' are old fashioned.
by Josephine G•
Aug 22, 2019
A good introduction to some of the more difficult aspects of astronomy and astrophysics for a person that wants a top level overview of string theory and the creation of the universe.
by Nicole s•
Aug 25, 2019
Sometimes very repetitive, especially in the Teach Astronomy readings, but overall an interesting and informative course.
by Meir B•
Sep 08, 2019
The course in general is very interesting and anyone who's even slightly intrigued by Astronomy and the universe we live in will find it very satisfying. The video lectures were great, and supplementary materials were in abundance.
However, some of the material was quiet hard to understand, especially for non-native English speakers like me. I'd improve the accompanying subtitles for the video lectures (some of them were actually misleading).
Some of the lectures included animations, simulations and external footages that really helped understanding some of the complexed materials - more of these would have been great (they were indeed missing sometimes).
Also, the later subjects were more interesting than the first ones, and though I understand the importance of understanding the basics before diving into the "deep water", I'd make the first classes more brief (history of astronomy, the scientific method), and extend the later subjects (astrobiology, distant galaxies, the Solar System planets and moons, etc.)
Overall, I had really great time, and I definetely recommend this course to anyone :)
by James W•
Sep 11, 2019
A really good course to get an overview of the topic and the Professor is quite good too. This is an easy course to recommend, for interest or certificate.
by Ting Q•
Sep 13, 2019
The course is really interesting. The space always fascinates me a lot, and I have obtained much knowledge about our solar system, the Milky way, and the universe. Ready for more advanced courses in this area:)
by Robin D•
Oct 27, 2019
It was an interesting course. What I would like to see is a course offered that is a bit more intensive. Perhaps with a bot of mathematics involved. What I see offered is entry level survey courses that are quite easy and then advanced courses that require knowledge of second or third year mathematics. A course or a certificate (4-5 courses) that bridges the gap between the two would be a benefit. Thank you
by Emmanuel M L•
Nov 25, 2019
it would help if the course have subs in spanish
by Adith P M•
Apr 05, 2019
Unnecessarily lengthy but overall a good introductory course into astronomy :)
by Gabriel A P•
Sep 14, 2017
The mayor problem is "peer graded activities"...
by Tanmay B•
Nov 30, 2015
by Anil K•
Apr 17, 2016
This course is bad!
I had come upto week 4. While Chris Impey is knowledgeable and good, the course structure is very poor and leaves a lot to be desired. I would venture to make some suggestions:
a. Restrict each video to a max of 7 minutes. More than that makes one sleepy.
b. Reduce the number of videos in each module to a max of say 6.
c. Instead of having Chris expound it like an audio reading, please include some slides, pictures,tables so that the matter to be learnt becomes self evident and Chris doesn't have to speak so much. A good example is the Coursera "The Global Financial Crisis", which I am also doing currently.
d. If you feel all the material in this course has to be studied, then to achieve the objectives in (a) and (b) above, divide this course into two parts, Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space - part I & II.
e. The written assignments are very simple and do not require any mental resources other than memory. Can you make the questions more challenging? For example, in Telescopes (Assignment 2), can you not ask a question like "In addition to Atacama, Chile, using Google earth, which other parts of the globe may be suitable for installation of ground based telescopes?" or "To obviate the blurring effect of the atmosphere, discuss the possibility of high altitude balloon based telescopes?" or "What do you feel about the fact that since today's mobile phones have high computing ability, their components can be used to make a low-cost space based interferometric telescopes?"
Kudos to Chris and his team! On the whole, knowledge wise, this is a good course.