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Analyzing the Universe

Using publicly available data from NASA of actual satellite observations of astronomical x-ray sources, we explore some of the mysteries of the cosmos, including neutron stars, black holes, quasars and supernovae. We will analyze energy spectra and time series data to understand how these incredible objects work. We utilize an imaging tool called DS9 to explore the amazing diversity of astronomical observations that have made x-ray astronomy one of the most active and exciting fields of scientific investigation in the past 50 years.

Each week we will explore a different facet of x-ray astronomy. Beginning with an introduction to the nature of image formation, we then move on to examples of how our imaging program, DS9, can aid our understanding of real satellite data. You will using the actual data that scientists use when doing their work. Nothing is "canned". You will be able to appreciate the excitement that astronomers felt when they made their important discoveries concerning periodic binary x-ray sources, supernovae and their remnants, and extragalactic sources that have shaped our understanding of cosmology.

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Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Rating 4.3 based on 19 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 5 hours per week
Starts May 21 (31 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Rutgers the State University of New Jersey via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Terry A. Matilsky
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Engineering Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy

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3rd week quiz/homework in one review

I lasted 3 weeks and gave it up when I saw the 3rd week quiz/homework.

even though english in one review

Excellent professor ,made a dummy like me understand...Also I had no problem understanding him, even though English is not my native language...

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terry a. matilsky in one review

A huge thank you to Dr. Terry A. Matilsky and his team.

all astrophysics student in one review

A very good course to start with while analyzing the astrophysical data with opensource software..... a must learn by all astrophysics student.

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Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Rating 4.3 based on 19 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 5 hours per week
Starts May 21 (31 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Rutgers the State University of New Jersey via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Terry A. Matilsky
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Engineering Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy