To Infinity, and Beyond!

A blog post by Suzy Spence, Animator.

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To Infinity, and Beyond!

As we know the famous line of Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, the cosmos is infinite and who knows what is beyond it. In the vastness of space, there are a plethora of stars, nebulae, galaxies and... black holes.

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Personally, I was always interested in space, but I didn’t know about the science behind it in detail. I still remember reading an article about the theory of relativity when I was young, but I didn’t fully understand it (I hope I’m not the only person who has experienced this.) Once I had access to articles and content related to space, I was so overwhelmed by the immensity of the universe - it made me feel so small and insignificant that I honestly just gave up on it.

This is how I viewed space before I began working on Astro 101-Black Holes. I’ve learnt about so many incredible phenomena of the universe while I participated on this project.

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This course makes astrophysics relatable and inviting for newbies who may have felt intimidated by high school physics or who, like me, were overwhelmed by the infinity of space.

Today there is so much fascinating content about black holes. Science has come a long way in understanding these strange black things; however, we are only at the tip of the iceberg. Many questions still remain unsolved, and scientists are still hypothesising, experimenting, and proposing new theories. I hope this course will satisfy some of your curiosity about mysteries of black holes.

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As the lead designer, I was so lucky to have participated in this fascinating project and I am very grateful to have worked with the wonderful content team from the University of Alberta: Sharon, Ross, Jeanette and Curtis.

Want to know more? Check out the course trailer.

Take a journey through space by registering through Coursera: Astro 101: Black Holes


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Suzy Kwon Spence

Suzy Kwon Spence