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Coursera: Introduction to Astronomy

  • Dec 2, 2013 · 7:00 PM

I completed this course earlier in the year (with distinction, so there!). It's offered free through the Coursera program by Duke University.

The first class is December 2 and runs 12 weeks through the winter. Warning: this is an intense class and you will bang your head against the wall more than once. But it's great fun and great learning and if you make it through, you have done something really good. And if you don't make it through but tried, that's awesome, too.

https://www.coursera.org/course/introastro

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  • Curtis

    Web based training is very good; but did not meet anyone from the group....

    December 3, 2013

  • Curtis

    I suggest we meet Thursday at 7:00 pm at Panera, 8062 Old Carriage Ct, Shakopee, MN 55379. Or we could meet at "L" is that offer is still good. Either way please RSVP at this site by Wednesday.

    December 2, 2013

  • Curtis

    Holly I think that is a good idea. We could meet, perhaps at a coffee shop a few days after the "lecture" and go over the information. we could help each other and get to know others that are interested in astronomy. It would also encourage others like "L" that might be a little timid to try this.

    December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey! I just signed up, too! I've never done a coursera class before, so I'm not entirely sure how it works. I think I would prefer to watch the lectures on my own so I can pause and take notes at my leisure, but if anyone ever wants to get together to study and discuss after having watched them I think that would be useful/fun.

    December 2, 2013

  • Curtis

    Will we be meeting somewhere on Monday?

    December 1, 2013

    • Larry

      Curtis, there was talk of meeting ina coffeehouse or someone's living room but unfortunately that didn't oan out. The course itself is online so you can watch at your leisure. I'd also encourage you (and others) to use the discussion boards here. Good luck with the class. I learned a lot and it made me a better stargazer.

      December 1, 2013

  • L

    I'm interested in this but a bit worried that the mathematics is beyond me. I'd be willing to host at my home in S. Mpls. if there is enough interest from others.

    October 31, 2013

    • Chris A

      Can we download the lectures? I can't be there in person.

      November 27, 2013

    • Larry

      Yes, when you sign up, you'll have access to the lectures. Right click them and save them to your computer to watch at your leisure. I usually watched mine late at night and did the homework around midnight.

      November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've taken 2 astornomy classes so far, and a few physics courses in high school. So this will definitely be interesting for me.

    October 21, 2013

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