Observational Astronomy

The design and execution of observations of astronomical objects. Reduction and analysis of astronomical data. Probability and statistics applied to astronomical observations. Includes a weeklong observing run at major research observatory.

Prerequisite: Physics 251, 261.

1 unit — Krishnarao

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The goal of PC362 is to learn how to use the scientific method to understand how the Universe works. We will learn the techniques of observing, data reduction and error analysis. We will discuss data collection with a CCD camera, how to calibrate and measure images, and how to report errors and confidence levels of your results.


Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2022 Block 2 Observational Astronomy Shane Burns Olin Hall 270 12 / 7 06/03/2023
Spring 2024 Block 7 Observational Astronomy Dhanesh Krishnarao TBA 12 / 12 06/03/2023
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