Aug 01, 2017
Excellent course. Very clear lectures that cover a lot of ground in not a lot of time. Fantastic overview of most of what we know about astronomy and how we know it. Best class I've taken on Coursera.
Apr 12, 2018
The is the first time I have rated a course with 5 stars, but this one is worth it. I audited and did not take the exams, but I thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and I learned a lot.
by Antonia T B•
Jun 22, 2018
This course is fascinating. The teacher is great. But the Quizzes are IMPOSSIBLE to pass. They require a simulator that does not work and all the questions have multiple answers and are extremely difficult. Also, there are A LOT of questions in every Quiz: 25. I am extremely sad, but I think I'm going to have to drop this course. It's the first time that I will have to do something like this, but I cannot lose my time repeating for ever an extremely difficult and impossible quiz in a course that it's not intended for professional physicians. I have notified Coursera several times about the extreme difficulty of the Quiz but nobody did anything. If in the future this Quiz is updated and made for learners, then I will happily continue the course. I've read in the Forum that many learners have had the same problems, but nobody arranged the Quizzes. Such a pity. The teacher is great and the lectures are fascinating. But already the 1st Quiz is impossible to pass (even if you take thousands of notes, like I did).
by Sabine L•
Apr 02, 2017
Again a course that comes with very simple (and not always good prepared) video lectures but for recieving a grade an enormous math knowledge is necessary, with no further help given
by Hafeiz A•
Jan 21, 2018
An excellent introduction to the big concepts of Astronomy
by Alexander B•
Oct 06, 2016
Very interesting course, isn't too geeky and mathematical, unlike many other astronomy courses. The only thing bothering me was the inability to learn the correct answers and explanations to quiz questions. Some of those were rather mindboggling.
by Natalia S•
Mar 10, 2017
This course is the worst i have taken on coursera. They just want to mention everything in very short time. Quiz is much harder than material on video.
by E. R L•
Jun 24, 2018
Can't complete the first quiz because I can't download the simulators. - hence can't complete the course.
by Dagim G•
Dec 13, 2018
so far liked it, nice content and covers lots of ideas
by Mark W R•
Mar 06, 2019
Really like the professor and the way he structured the class. Learned a lot!
by Silvia M B•
Nov 20, 2018
Excellent! This is the 2nd time I'm doing it.
by Nishant P•
Aug 08, 2017
Outstanding. Nuanced, yet accessible. Love the professor's infectious passion about the subject, and also his rather lovely choice of words at times!
by Peter H•
Feb 25, 2016
Good course. Adam is a good teacher.
The topics are nice. It's about the big bang, supermassive black holes, and how a star is born and dies.. and then some :)
I really enjoyed taking this course. Two thumbs up!
by Nair E•
Nov 07, 2016
That the course was extremely interesting is an understatement, nothing that touches upon the most fundamental questions of our existence can be dull, but it also was very dynamic, the themes presented directly and well explained. The exerises where we used simulators were the final touch to completly understand concepts
by William M•
Oct 05, 2017
I've taken three astronomy classes on Coursera and this was the best, most comprehensive and most informative. Each of the courses I took was different and had a unique perspective, so they were all worthwhile, but this is the astronomy course from which I learned the most and which I most highly recommend.
by Amber D•
Feb 25, 2016
Great course. Awesome Prof. Easy to understand and get into even if you don't have a science background. Can't wait to learn more!
by Jana K•
Mar 18, 2018
I enjoyed every single session within this course. The topics, the materials, the small tests after each topic and as well the quizzes. Professor Frank explained everything in a clear and understandable way, I did learn a lot about our universe. Of course, studying is needed for passing this course, but I am here to learn afterall and I appreciate the quizzes which made me think and thus test my knowledge
by Divyanshu R•
Dec 27, 2015
Course has been very helpful; giving the apt amount of knowledge in a way that can be easily understood with a little background in physics.
Feb 08, 2016
I love this course! I have passed the first week exam. I really very very happy ! I will continue and pass all the exams!
by Ann M H•
Jul 19, 2017
Professor Frank is super down-to-earth (ha) and easy-going, so the difficult concepts seem less intimidating. I like how the videos are cut into short, topical sections, and the information on the green screen next to him helps with understanding. The weekly lecture note PowerPoint slides are even more detailed.
I had a basic understanding of astronomy coming in, and this course struck a good balance between reviewing info I already knew, and introducing me to some more challenging concepts.
The quizzes were pretty difficult for me, and I had to take 3/4 twice to get a passing score. You really have to take what you learned, think about it deeply, then apply it. It wasn't just regurgitating information, which was good, it also meant I was scouring my notes and Google for a long time. They aren't kidding when they say the quizzes take 50 minutes!
If you can finish this course in four weeks, I applaud you. I admit I wasn't very diligent, but it's a lot of information to digest each week. I took closer to 10 weeks, but they were well-spent months! I learned a lot, and could subsequently "wow" my friends. Very well-done course! Thank you!
by Lisa T•
Mar 08, 2017
Really great course, but I would recommend that if you haven't taken many classes in this branch of the sciences to take a different introductory course, first. It can still be done, but might require more study and review of additional resources.
by Eshita S•
Jul 09, 2018
such an amazing course by amazing professor. quiz was superb and you will be able to make use of virtual simulations. worth doing
by Mukharbek O•
Jan 10, 2016
I strongly recommend this course to all who interested in Astrophysics.
by Peter M•
Mar 15, 2017
If you know nothing about astronomy, this is a great starting point. You will cover a brief overview of everything from the solar system to the frontiers of dark matter and dark energy. It will allow you to get a taste of everything so that when you're ready, you can dive in deeper to the topics that interest you the most.
Jan 16, 2016
by Lynn N•
Mar 23, 2017
So far a very easy to understand and enjoyable course. As someone coming from High school with some research and knowledge in Astronomy this was a great way to fill in the gaps in my knowledge and get a more technical sense of Astronomy. The prof makes this incredibly enjoyable. Lectures are paced well and the 'homework'/practice work is easy enough.
by Fabiano S D S•
Jul 31, 2016
Best course ever. With a very professional professor. All just perfect, every word and every subject!