Develop an awareness of the nature and diversity of moons in our Solar System, and their significance
Explain and understand the general nature of moons’ orbits and the effects of tides
Describe some of the possible origins of moons
Describe the compositions and nature of the surfaces and interiors of moons
Calculate and understand how impact craters are formed and recognise their significance for dating surfaces
Describe the nature and history of volcanic activity on several moons
Assess and be aware of which moons may have subsurface oceans, and the implications for hosting native life
Classify and become aware of the history of manned and unmanned lunar exploration, and of some of the major discoveries
Identify and recognise aspects of lunar samples seen under the microscope
Describe the different settings in which ‘water’ has been found on the Moon
Describe and be aware of the history of discovery and exploration of moons, and of future prospects
Reflect and suggest ways in which resources from the Moon may help future space exploration
There are lots of moons in our Solar System. The Earth is the only planet with just a single moon. Some are bigger than ours. Many are much smaller. Some moons have ongoing volcanic eruptions. Others have rivers of liquid methane. A small handful may even be home to primitive life.
This online course will allow you to explore the rich diversity of moons in our Solar System. With experts from The Open University, you’ll explore the fundamental processes that have shaped them, and the relationship between our Moon and the Earth.
The course was produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.
What are moons?
Moons and what they are made of; craters and cratering
Volcanism on moons, Europa, small moons
Our Moon and how it has been explored
What we have learned from the Moon
Water on the Moon, and the future of lunar exploration
Exploring other moons:
Moons and the future; how many of them host life?
An interest in learning about the moons of our Solar System and the methods used to understand them. Prior knowledge of astronomy is not expected.