Science at The Open University
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What makes a black hole ‘black’? Why do some stars appear red and others blue? This course answers questions like these and explores the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of our Universe. You will learn more about the exploration of our own solar system, the discovery of planets orbiting other stars, the birth, life and violent death of stars, distant galaxies seen as they were billions of years ago and the creation of the Universe itself. It will develop your understanding of a range of topics in astronomy, with sections on the Sun, planets, stars, extraterrestrial life, galaxies, and the origin of the Universe using cutting-edge astronomy software. It will also develop your understanding of some aspects of science that you can apply to other situations. For a full description please click here.
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In the last three days I have attended three Open University degree ceremonies. Two of these took place in the grandeur of Ely Cathedral and were, as always, joyful occasions in which we were able to share in our students’ successes.
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