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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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Rating 4.4 based on 33 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 5 hours per week
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Rutgers the State University of New Jersey via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Terry A. Matilsky
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Language English
Subjects Engineering Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy

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actual data in 3 reviews

The access to actual data from Chandra and other sources is what makes this course amazingly captivating.

Very good course, different with actual data to handle.

Learning some tools to look at actual data was the best part of the course

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Processing real data from a scientific satellite is really interesting.

It was really interesting and I enjoyed every video I watched!

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Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Rating 4.4 based on 33 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 5 hours per week
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Rutgers the State University of New Jersey via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Terry A. Matilsky
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Engineering Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy

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