Peer led Cohort

Science Friday: Black Holes

University of Alberta

Black holes are fascinating and intriguing astronomical objects that capture our imagination. Astro 101, from University of Alberta, teaches us concepts such as astronomy, relativity, quantum physics, and much more.

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  1. 1. Online Course

    The course we’ll take. This will be found on an external provider site.

  2. 2. Discussion Forum

    Where we support each other as we take the course.

  3. 3. Weekly Live Streams

    Where we learn from instructors, experts, or each other.

Started Jan 03, 2022

249 learners enrolled

As a part of Science Fridays, we're going to be taking the online course Astro 101: Black Holes, offered by the University of Alberta on Coursera. Together, we’ll explore the concepts behind black holes, learn the basic ideas of astronomy, relativity, and quantum physics. If you liked the movie Interstellar (2014), you will certainly enjoy this course.

Previously, we studied History of Science from Hank Green and Dinosaur Paleobiology from University of Alberta. Now we look towards the sky... for answers! For the duration of the Cohort, we will be meeting every Friday for an hour long friendly Zoom session.

This is part of an ongoing series where we meet every Friday to talk about science. This eclectic group consists of knowledgeable learners from around the world who have done hundreds of courses. So, you don’t just learn from the course but from other learners as well.

Meet your Peer Coordinator

Mervyn Medidi


Mervyn, a Mechatronics Eng from Manipal Institute of Technology, lives in a town called Bhimavaram in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. He’s passionate about dinosaurs and the intricacies of the universe.

Schedule Jan 3rd, 2022 – Feb 4th, 2022

  • Week 1W1 January 3rd – January 9th

    • Introduction to Black Holes

    • Life and Death of a Star

  • Week 2W2 January 10th – January 16th

    • The Structure of Spacetime

    • Sizing Up Black Holes

  • Week 3W3 January 17th – January 23rd

    • Approaching a Black Hole

    • Crossing the Event Horizon

  • Week 4W4 January 24th – January 30th

    • Inside a Black Hole

    • Hunting for Black Holes

  • Week 5W5 January 31st – February 4th

    • Our Eyes in the Skies

    • Riding the Gravity Wave

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