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Mysteries Of The Universe

Discover how more than ninety per cent of the universe is a mystery, and expand your knowledge of cosmology and astronomy.

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Mysteries Of The Universe

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  • Introductory level

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Investigate the most mysterious and fascinating aspects of the universe

The more we learn about how the universe works, the more we realise how much we don’t know.

What is a black hole? What is dark energy? Will the universe eventually collapse in on itself? And how does the Earth fit into all this?

On this course, you’ll answer these questions and more. You’ll delve into the deepest and darkest mysteries of the cosmos, and come out the other side with up-to-date knowledge of the latest thinking in cosmology and astronomy.

Explore dark matter, dark energy, and black holes

Alongside Profesor Tomotsugu Goto at National Tsing Hua University, you’ll learn about the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (ΛCDM) Model and dark energy, seeing why astronomers are fascinated by these topics.

You’ll explore how dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe – but we don’t know why or how. You’ll study how dark energy makes up 25% of the energy in the universe – but we don’t know what it is.

Study black holes, and the universe’s origin and end

Black holes are some of the most mysterious entities in the universe. You’ll identify what they really are, and what we know about them, getting an overview of Newton and Einstein’s theories of gravity and gravitational lensing, and how they are being updated.

Ultimately, you’ll come away with a basic understanding of what we have left to discover about the universe – including how it began and how it might end – and what astronomers are doing to attempt to solve these great mysteries.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Hi everyone, I am Tomo, I am an astronomy professor at National Tsing Hua University. Welcome to the course, “Mysteries of the Universe.” The universe is full of mysteries. Did you know that our universe is expanding, and it’s getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger, supported by the mysterious energy called “dark energy.” And did you know this dark energy is everywhere. In front of me, in front of you, everywhere. it’s, in the universe it’s full of dark energy. Also, the so-called “dark matter,” whose gravity is ten times more than normal matter, but we don’t know what is dark matter. Did you know that the universe started with a big bang? We have concrete evidence for this.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds So, the universe is full of very interesting mysteries, in this course, we introduce you all these mysteries of the universe to you, and then show you how astronomers tackle these problems, using large telescopes in the world and then sophisticated computer simulations. So, welcome on board, let’s begin the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Deep into the Universe
  • Advancements in Astronomy: Past, Present, and Future
  • Einstein’s Biggest Blunder
  • Cosmic Microwave Background
  • Inflation
  • Dark Matter and Dark Energy

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding on how much we know and we do not know about the Universe.
  • Explore the mysteries of the Universe.
  • Collect observational evidence we obtained so far.
  • Summarise the progress of our understanding of the Universe.
  • Classify various types of galaxies.
  • Engage research activity for public.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners with an interest in astronomy/cosmology and the universe. It uses as little as equations possible, and focuses on concepts rather than calculations.

Who will you learn with?

I am an astronomy Professor at the National Tsing Hua University. Our Universe is full of mysteries…dark energy, dark matter, inflation… Come and explore the mysteries of the Universe with me!

A graduate of Masters in Astronomy in National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan, and a PhD student at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE).

MSc student in NTHU, using JWST to study high redshift galaxies and brown dwarfs!

Who developed the course?

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan consistently ranks as one of the premier universities in East Asia.

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