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The discovery of exoplanets is one of the greatest revolutions in modern astrophysics. Twenty years ago, we had no idea whether any of the countless stars out there beyond our solar system had planets or not.

Today, things are totally different. Over 1,000 planetary systems have been discovered. The universe is teeming with planets. And what strange planets they are - hot Jupiter-like planets skimming the surfaces of their stars, cold and lonely free-floating planets far from any star, planets made of diamond, planets with rain made of glass, super-Earths and even planets orbiting neutron stars. In this course, we’ll bring you up-to-date with the latest research on exoplanets, and how this research has revolutionised our understanding of the formation of solar systems like our own.

This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level mathematics and physics to get the most out of this course.

This is the second of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It follows on from the introductory course on the Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe, and is followed by courses on the violent universe and on cosmology. These courses compromise the Astrophysics XSeries. Learn more about the XSeries program and register for all the courses in the series today!

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Paul Francis and Brian Schmidt

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Hal S
5.0 4 years ago
by Hal completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Second of four-part series from Paul Francis and Brian Schmidt introduces the subject of exoplanets and tells us the state of the art. Fun, interesting, light math, good pace for people with day jobs. :-)
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Martin D
5.0 3 years ago
by Martin completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I found the ANU Astrophysics MOOCs quite engaging, with the latest information being presented. There is a little bit of mathematics, but mostly you just need to think through the problems.
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Brian J
5.0 4 years ago
Brian completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course is perfect for beginners who want to understand more about research techniques and unsolved problems about the universe.
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