Spring 2010

Observational Techniques in Optical and Infrared Astronomy

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-37


Rob Gutermuth (Section 01)
James D. Lowenthal (Section 01)


An introduction to the techniques of gathering and analyzing astronomical data, particularly in the optical and infrared regions of the spectrum. Telescope design and optics. Instrumentation for imaging, photometry, and spectroscopy. Astronomical detectors. Computer graphics and image processing. Error analysis and curve fitting. Data analysis and astrophysical interpretation. Evening laboratories to be arranged.  To be taught at Smith College.

Requisite: Two courses of Physics and one of Astronomy 24, 29, 30, 35. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professors Lowenthal and Gutermuth.


Lab Science Course


2018-19: Offered in Fall 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2017