The Cosmic Connection

School of Physics and Astronomy

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 00680

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

Although we no longer find our way from the pattern of stars in the sky, we still wonder about our place in the Universe. Modern science provides explanations for much of what we see: we believe nuclear fusion powers the Sun and that the sky is dark at night because the Universe is expanding and has a finite age. The module will chart the life and death of stars and the Universe itself and will emphasise how it is possible to test theories about, for example, the initial fireball of the Universe.