Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 1195: Observational Astronomy

InstructorsGordon J. Stacey
Credit Hours3

Limited to 28 students.

Typically OfferedFall

Provides a “hands-on” introduction to observational astronomy intended for liberal arts students. High school mathematics is assumed, but otherwise there are no formal prerequisites. The course objective is to learn how we know what we know about the Universe, and to learn how to observe with moderate cost amateur telescopes. There are two lectures and one evening laboratory per week. Typically labs consist of 4-5 observing sessions using the Fuertes Observatory 12" telescope and a set of Meade 8" telescopes, a trip to Mount Pleasant to look through its 25" telescope and, on cloudy nights, 4-5 in-class experiments, the highlight of which is collecting micrometeorites for study.

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