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Astrophysics Courses

Take free online astrophysics courses to build your skills and advance your career. Learn astrophysics and other in-demand subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

What is Astrophysics?

Astrophysics is the scientific study of the universe. It builds on astronomy by applying physics and chemistry to the study of planets, the sun, solar systems and other elements and phenomena of outer space. Theoretical astrophysics seeks to describe the origin of the universe as well as dark matter, black holes, the existence of the multiverse and more.

Online Astrophysics Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to astrophysics with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about astrophysics in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in astrophysics courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started in astrophysics with one the following courses or programs.

Introduction to Astrophysics, a self-paced course taught in English from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne covers the fundamentals of astrophysics including the influence of gravity on planets and other celestial bodies, the interaction of matter and radiation, the evolution and formation of stars and more. Gain an understanding of the physical phenomena of the universe in this 7-week starter course.

For an advanced program, consider the 4-course Astrophysics XSeries from Australian National University. Start by exploring exoplanets, planets that exist around stars other than the Sun. Over 1000 planetary systems have been discovered and this course teaches the methods astrophysicists use to find and study them. Additional courses explore the mysteries and theories of the universe including black holes, supernovae, white-dwarf stars, neutron stars and the most violent explosions in the cosmos. Conclude with cosmology, a look at the universe as a whole, the nature of time and space and recent breakthroughs that will help solve some of greatest mysteries of our galaxy and beyond.

Explore these and other free online astrophysics courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.