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What would be a few good online courses to learn about Astronomy?

Please if you could provide links. Also if there are any quality free courses please let me know.

I know the basics, but i want to learn much more. A course that covers a wide field regarding astronomy would be great. Any recommendations?

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8 Responses to “What would be a few good online courses to learn about Astronomy?”

  1. Nyx said :

    Not really. I did a search a while ago (couple of years, actually). Didn’t really come up with much of anything beyond the simple stuff. The only set of free courses that were interesting was from project CLEA.

  2. sentineldrive said :

    check out websites for your local community colleges, a lot of them offer webcourses and you would want to start with an Intro to Astronomy which usually don’t require pre-requisites and many of them offer courses for non-degree seeking students at a discount.

    Here’s an example from a community college it’s a pdf of their catalog and if you look at p143 you’ll see the Astronomy courses offered:

  3. eri said :

    MIT puts a great deal of their course materials online for free – you won’t get any credit from following along, but you can’t get that for free anyway.

  4. Philip J said :

    You can probably check out some of the Teaching Company DVD sets from your public library.

  5. Ashley Jeanne said :

    Try, the official nasa site also google Hubble Telescope or any astronomy, astrophysics or cosmology term or theory (eg. red shift, black hole, cosmological constant, inflaton, etc.) Also if you are at a site and see a term you don’t understand, do a search of that term.

    My own best recommendation though is to subscribe to my favorite magazine: Astronomy Magazine. You can go to their website,, or next time you are in a book store, pharmacy or the library, bet a copy of the magazine, and take one of the subscription mailers and send it in.

    Other good sites are the Scientific American site,,,

    Also go the your library and the science section, for astronomy, cosmology and/or physics.

  6. Tony said :

    As I know, this site has top listing of such college courses online –

  7. Deon Peno said :

    There are some interesting cut-off dates in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There may be some validity but I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want extra! Added to FeedBurner as effectively

  8. Jamee Losh said :

    I have been reading the posts, and I definitely concur with what Tom said.


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