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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Since antiquity, people have looked to the skies and wondered about the stars and planets. In this course, we explore how stars and planets differ, the current theories on their formation and the exploration of the Sun and planets in our own solar system via satellites and robotic missions. We will learn how astronomers detect and characterise planets around other stars, and how the new science of these exoplanets has evolved in the 20 years since their discovery. Finally, we will discuss how common planets are around other stars, and how astronomers ascertain the likelihood that life might exist on other planets.


Course dates

07 Jul 2024 to 13 Jul 2024

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

23 Jun 2024

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code