Tools of Modern Astronomy
Get on the same wavelength as electromagnetic radiation and find the light. Observe the principles and techniques of observational astronomy. Put a lens on observation using telescopes and other devices—work with Celestial co-ordinates and time systems.
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- 26 Aug 2019
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Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
- Identify the nature of light and recognise that different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation require different types of telescopes and detectors
- Differentiate the basic principles of telescope design and compare their use
- Explain and summarise the principles and techniques of observational astronomy across the electromagnetic spectrum
- Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in multiwavelength astronomy
- Design and create, in a team, a telescope application time proposal, by applying communication skills and assessing relevant astronomical information
- Apply technical research skills to justify and interpret observational and theoretical propositions, methodologies and professional decisions to specialist and non- specialist audiences
- Celestial co-ordinates and time systems
- Gamma rays to radio waves; thermal and non- thermal sources.
- The electromagnetic spectrum; atmospheric windows
- Photometry, filters, colour magnitudes and colour indices
- Photomultipliers, CCD imaging
- Optical spectroscopy, prism and grating spectroscopy; the detection of extrasolar planets
- The eye as an optical instrument, lens systems, refracting and reflecting telescopes.
- Principles of telescope mount and housing design, control systems.
- Optical seeing, active and adaptive optics, laser guide stars, astronomical site selection, light pollution issues
- Infrared astronomy: detectors, South Pole infrared astronomy and space missions
- Principles of radio and microwave receivers
- Radio interferometry, arrays and aperture synthesis, VLBI.
- High-energy astronomy: design of UV, X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes and detectors
- Neutrino astronomy, gravity wave detectors
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
SWI-AST80004-Exploring Stars and the Milky Way , or SWI-HET603
No special requirements
This subject aims to provide a good understanding of electromagnetic radiation, focusing on both its emission mechanisms and its subsequent detection, with an emphasis on telescopes and their observations. The electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves will be covered
- Computer Managed Tests (20%)
- Newsgroups (30%)
- Group Time Assignment Submission (25%)
- Individual Time Assignment Submission (25%)
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