Spring 2022

Observational Astronomy

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-341


Connor E. Robinson (Section 01)


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 or use a online commercial telescope service (depending on the state of the pandemic) to 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. Instructor Robinson.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: quantitative work, lab work and working in groups Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022