Who is this class for: This course is aimed at science students with an interest in computational approaches to problem solving, people with an interest in astronomy who would like to learn current research methods, or people who would like to improve their programming by applying it to astronomy examples.

Created by:  The University of Sydney

  • Tara Murphy

    Taught by:  Tara Murphy, Associate Professor

    School of Physics

  • Simon Murphy

    Taught by:  Simon Murphy, Postdoctoral Researcher

    School of Physics
Commitment6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week
Hardware ReqYou'll need to have a computer with internet access.
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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4.9 stars
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The University of Sydney
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Rated 4.9 out of 5 of 67 ratings

A good introduction in Data Astronomy with Python. I missed some lessons about python to finish some of the volunteer exercises and some contact with astronomy data from the web, but it is a great course.

Very good intraductional course to modern astronomy that is nowadys more and more science about data. Not so much astronomy theory but good programing tasks, sometimes challenging, especially in the starting weeks. As addition some introduction in machine learning is provided. I would recommend it to everyone interested in data analysis in modern science.

One of the best courses I've done on Coursera. Just enough astronomy to understand the problems, and then go into the exercises in a step by step way, building up complexity. Couldn't stop!

A great course that helps one understand the basics of data analysis and how they are used in observational astronomy.