ASTRO 4410

ASTRO 4410

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

The course covers methods in optical and radio astronomy and selected topics in astrophysics.  Major experiments use techniques chosen from charge-coupled device (CCD) imaging, optical photometry, optical spectroscopy, radiometry and radio spectroscopy.  Observations use the Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory's 24-inch telescope and a 3.8-meter radio telescope on the roof of the Space Sciences Building.  The course covers the fundamentals of astronomical instrumentation and data analysis applied to a wide range of celestial phenomena: asteroids, main-sequence stars, supernova remnants, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, the interstellar medium, OH masers, and galaxies.  Methods include statistical data analysis, artifact and interference excision, Fourier transforms, heterodyned receivers, and software-defined radio.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 2214/PHYS 2218 or PHYS 3310 or PHYS 3360, PHYS 3327. Recommended prerequisite: ASTRO 3310 or ASTRO 3334 or permission of instructor.  Preference will be given to Astronomy majors and Physics majors with an Astro minor.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS, PHS-AS, SDS-AS)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  4204ASTRO 4410  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person Transition to Online
    We will process the wait list and contact students to determine enrollment according to Major preferences and prerequisites.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.