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FutureStream: Astrophysics | Stars, Stardust and Us


When you look at a star you see how it looked in the past. The Sun appears as it was 8.5 minutes ago, the Alpha Centauri is 4.3 years old, while the appearance of Sirius is more than 8 years old. Through stars, we learn not just about the past but also about the future of our universe. Journey through the captivating lifecycle of stars, from birth to demise, from the exploding supernovas to the mysterious black holes, and explore their pivotal role in shaping the cosmos. Join this future-forward exploration that not only deepens your understanding of astrophysics but also highlights India’s significant role in space missions and cosmic discoveries.

This course is specially designed for high schoolers (Grades 9-12) to enrich them with engaging lectures and hands-on projects and is tailored for foundational university-level astrophysics course.


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Dates Eligibility Fees 
Application extended deadline- May 15, 2024


Course dates– Sat, May 18, 2024- Sun, June 9, 2024

16 Live Teaching Hours over 4 weekends (11AM- 1PM on Saturdays & Sundays).

  • High schoolers studying in grades 9- 12 as on the course commencement date in May, 2024.
  • Students from India and abroad can apply.
  • Students from all boards can apply.
  • Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication.
  • You will be required to submit your latest marksheet in the application form.
Rs 22,000/- +GST
*Refer to fees section of website for inclusions & exclusions

Who is this course for?

High school students who are considering pursuing astronomy/astrophysics/physics or the general sciences in their higher studies. 

Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication. You will be required to submit your latest marksheet in the application form.

What’s in it for me?

  • Decode Cosmic Mysteries: Embark on an exciting journey into the intricate methods scientists use to unlock the secrets of stars and stellar systems
  • Methodological Exploration: Dive into the methods scientists employ to gather and decode data from celestial entities, uncovering the technical wizardry behind astrophysical research.
  • Interactive Stellar Investigations: Engage in workshops meticulously crafted to provide hands-on experiences, allowing you to delve into the intricacies of the stellar life cycle.
  • Experts Guidance: Navigate the cosmos of knowledge with expert guidance from our faculty, mentors, and industry professionals.
  • Futuristic Frontiers: Understand ‘what’s next’ in astrophysics by exploring cutting-edge technologies and methodologies that are shaping the future of space exploration.

What do I take away?

By the end of the course, the students will:

  • Develop a rich understanding of the lifecycle of stars, from their formation to their demise.
  • Explore concepts like Black holes, cosmic explosions, supernova remnants, and many more.
  • Get familiar with the methods, tools, and technologies used to observe the universe.
  • Appreciate the profound connections between the Universe and us.


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Session outline

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Lecture module Stellar Glow: Unravelling the Secrets Behind Stars’ and their Composition



Nuclear Sunset: Exploring Stellar Evolution, Regeneration, and Consequences of Fuel Depletion


Starry Perspectives: Observing Celestial Phenomena from Earth and Beyond



Chronicles of Stars: From the Universe’s Birth to Life’s Origin and Beyond
Project module Celestial Cataloguing: Unveiling Star Evolution with Astronomical Data Galactic Genesis: Visualizing Star Formation and Universal Rates Over Time Stellar Clockwork: Predicting Lifetimes and Carbon’s Role in Life’s Origin


Cosmic Fireworks: Estimating Supernova Explosions Across Our Galaxy and Beyond


Grading, Assessments & Certification

All Ashoka Horizons courses offer a certificate on satisfactory completion of the course. The 5 components of student assessment are-

  • Out-of-class quizzes at the end of weeks 1, 2, and 3 – 10% 
  • In-class quiz at the end of week 4 – 20%
  • Project report on part 1: Data – 25%
  • Project report on part 2: Physics –  25%
  • In-class participation and attendance – 20%

Class participation will be assessed based on your active engagement in live sessions, contributions to discussion forums, and involvement in Teaching Fellow-led activities. Letters of Appreciation will be issued for select students based on exceptional performance in the course.

Have a question about Horizons courses? Write to us on horizons@ashoka.edu.in

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IT Requirements

This course is administered through an online platform. Students are expected to have a foundational understanding of computer usage, including but not limited to sending emails and conducting Internet searches. Consistent access to the Internet and a computer that aligns with the recommended minimum specifications are also requisite for participation in the course.


Small cohorts. Apply early to secure your seat.

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