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Observational Techniques

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-337

Formerly listed as: ASTR-37

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Faculty

Kate Follette (Section 01)
Kimberly D. Ward-Duong (Section 01)

Description

An introduction to the techniques of observational astronomy, with emphasis on optical and infrared observations. Students will use the Python computing language to reduce real astronomical data. Topics covered include: astronomical software; observation planning; coordinate and time systems; telescope design and optics; instrumentation and techniques for imaging and photometry; astronomical detectors; digital image processing tools and techniques; and statistical techniques for making astronomical measurements.

Requisites:  at least one of AST 200, 224, 225, 226 or 228, two physics courses, and one computer science course.  Fall semester. Professor Follette and Post- doctoral Fellow Ward-Duong.

 

Keywords

Attention to Research, Quantitative Reasoning

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010