Fly Me to the Moon…

The team behind The Open University’s  upcoming ‘Moons’ MOOC unveils what learners can expect to discover by exploring the many moons of our Solar System in this exciting free online course.

Moons - free online course

The wonders of the Earth’s Moon and moons generally have been a source of fascination for scientists for centuries and now a new free course by The Open University will harness that knowledge to enlighten ordinary enthusiasts.

Moons, is The Open University’s second course offered free on its social-learning platform FutureLearn. Learners can explore the many moons of our Solar System and discover, through interactive learning and a visual feast of images and video, exactly what makes moons so special. Interviews with renowned moons experts from around the globe are included as well as fun learning activities such as an online game of Moon Trumps.

Topics covered will include asking the bigger questions – such as whether it makes sense to send humans back to the Moon – as well as looking at the composition of moons, their importance and why some of them are thought capable of hosting microbial life. Learners can view images of lunar samples and explore detailed views of the surfaces of the moons of other planets. The course is accessible to those new to the subject and with no prior knowledge. Spread over eight weeks, learners commit to three hours of study each week with weekly multiple-choice checks that culminate in a final review.

Lead academic Dr David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, says: “This is such an exciting time for moons exploration.  The course will provide a lot of answers to those who want to know more about moons, and perhaps spark further learning of planetary science and astronomy.”

So come and join us and explore the wonders of the Earth’s Moon.

UPDATE – after a successful first run, this course start again on 2 February 2015.

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Comments (45)


  • funzi

    I like the course, this program is very good for me to know more about the solar’s system and also to study .

  • funzi

    Hello! Is it true that the earth is big than solar?

  • James Booth

    I love the future learn course on “moons” that I am doing but I always have trouble getting back to the course after I have turned the computer off.

  • Stephen Wells

    Since the first presentation of this course, a probe has visited Pluto and Charon. Has the course been updated to reflect this new information?

  • Jacobo Arevalo-Hoelscher

    Can’t wait to get started!

  • Daniel Hussein

    Am eagerly waiting for it.

  • Ali

    My husband and I are very interested but are away for a week or two of the course, is that an issue or is there opportunity to catch up without ruining the chance of completion/certificates?

  • Karen Osborne

    I am looking forward to gaining some understanding of the moons and planets.

  • Graham Holland

    Having completed the Orion course and nearly completing the course on Moons, I have very much enjoyed both courses and I was wondering if there are any other future learn courses on the subject of Astronomy. I would be very keen and interested to find this out. Will you therefore be kind enough to let me know if anything and if any courses are being planned for the future. Thank you. Graham.

  • myakaykhine

    I have started now. I read this article.

  • Ray

    As a complete beginner, I’m apprehensive about the Physics involved; but perhaps the course may cater for that disadvantage in other ways.

  • Charley

    Do you do this in your own time as long as you have done 3 hours a week and have accessed the materials from this website?

  • Michael Hodgson

    Excited about the course.

    • Mit

      I’ve just joined the course – my first and I’m very much looking forward to it!