Space Mission Design and Operations. Learn the concepts used in the design of space missions, manned or unmanned and operations, based on the professional experience of the lecturer. École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Starts on February 24, 2016
Universe or Multiverse? Theoretical physicist Andrei Linde was responsible for proposing the ideas of an inflationary multiverse and eternal inflation. In this Master Class, Linde discusses the evolution of these ideas. Andrei Linde. Self paced
Crash Course Astronomy. Phil Plait teaches you Astronomy! Phil Plait and PBS Digital Studios. Series of video lectures
Insightful and eye opening TED talks
The design of the universe. At Serious Play 2008, astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos — with its giant webs of dark matter and mysterious gaping voids — got built this way.
What’s the next window into our universe? Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets. Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven’t seen any of them — yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped “starshade” positioned 50,000 km from a telescope to enable imaging of planets about distant stars. It is, he says, the “coolest possible science.”
The search for planets beyond our solar system. Every star we see in the sky has at least one planet orbiting it, says astronomer Sara Seager. So what do we know about these exoplanets, and how can we find out more? Seager introduces her favorite set of exoplanets and shows new technology that can help collect information about them — and even help us look for exoplanets with life.
Gorgeous YouTube documentaries about space that will put you in awe of the universe