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Course module: NWI-NP031C
NWI-NP031C
Observational Astronomy
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-NP031C
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur- en Sterrenkunde;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. S.S. Larsen
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Lecturer
dr. S.S. Larsen
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Contactperson for the course
dr. S.S. Larsen
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Examiner
dr. S.S. Larsen
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Academic year2021
Period
KW2-KW3  (08/11/2021 to 10/04/2022)
Starting block
KW2
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  • The student can operate the optical telescopes unsupervised
  • The student knows how to perform a small research project, how to report and present this
  • The student knows how to use a computer to process and analyse optical CCD images and draw conclusions from their data
  • The student masters the observational techniques needed to make useful optical observations.
Content
Observations form a very important empirical basis for our knowledge of the Universe. In this course we will overview the basics of astronomical observations: time, coordinates, telescopes, detectors and analysis techniques. The Department is equipped with a unique array of telescopes including two optical telescopes, two radio dishes, a LOFAR prototype station and astroparticle detectors. Students will make their own observations with the optical telescopes and learn how to go through the full process of processing the data and obtaining scientific results from them, using the Python programming language.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Programming 1
Test information
Report on your project (50%) + homework assignments (50%)
Specifics
The course will be given in the second and third quarter. Most of the classes will take place in the second quarter and the project will be done in the third quarter (night time observations).

This course fits within the research theme Astrophysics
Required materials
Book
Frederick R. Chromey, To Measure the Sky: An Introduction to Observational Astronomy, Cambridge Univ. Press, publication October 2016
ISBN:9781107572560
Instructional modes
Course occurrence

Lecture

Practical computer training

Project

Tutorial

Zelfstudie

Tests
Report
Test weight1
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

Homework
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW3

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