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NUS Module Review: GEK1520 Understanding the Universe

I have to say, content wise, this is a beautiful module. It’s amazing how little I knew about our own solar system, and this module gives so much interesting information and stunning insights into the our universe. For instance, have you ever wondered why a solar eclipse doesn’t occur every month when the moon has to come in between the earth and sun once a month? Or what the planets and moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are like? All sorts of interesting information, stuff you can share with your family at the dinner table, you will get from this module.

However, there is a caveat, which is that there is a lot of content in this module, so be prepared for that. Workload-wise, the main thing is the video project. You have to pick a recent astronomical event or news and make a video on it. It can be as easy or hard depending on the amount of effort you want to put into it. My group did it all over one weekend (it wasn’t anything amazing lol but still passable).

I found the prof a little monotonous at times and there is no webcast either so I ended up just using the slides which are pretty comprehensive by themselves.

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