Spring 2020

Observational Astronomy

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-341

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Kimberly D. Ward-Duong (Section 01)

Description

An immersive research experience in observational astrophysics for students who have completed ASTR 337. Students begin the semester with a January trip to the WIYN 0.9m telescope on Kitt Peak, AZ, where they collect data that they will use to design and carry out independent research projects. The semester is spent reducing and analyzing the data and preparing scientific results for presentation. Professional techniques of CCD imaging, photometry, astrometry and statistical image analysis are applied using research-grade software. Weekly class seminar meetings are supplemented by individual and team-based tutorial sessions.

Requisites: ASTR 337 and consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Not open to first-year students or sophomores. Spring semester. Post-doctoral Fellow Ward-Duong.

If Overenrolled: Priority to Astronomy and Physics majors and 5-college astronomy majors, and then seniors.

Offerings

2019-20: Offered in Spring 2020
Other years: Offered in Spring 2018, Spring 2019