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Radboud universityProspectusesFaculty of Science > Bachelor Natuur- en Sterrenkunde

Observational Astronomy 

Course ID
NWI-NP031C
Credits
3
Scheduled
second quarter
Teaching methods
  • 32 hrs laboratory course
Objectives
  • The student can operate the optical telescopes unsupervised
  • The students know how to set up a project plan
  • The student knows how to perform a small research project, how to report and present this
  •  The student masters the observational techniques needed to make useful optical observations.
Contents
Observations form a very important empirical basis to 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 and learn how to reduce the raw data to scientifically interesting results.
Examination
Projectverslag en mondelinge presentatie
Literature

Necessary:

  • Bradt H., Astronomy Methods: A Physical Approach to Astronomical Observations, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004, ISBN 0-521-53551-4
Extra information
The course will be given in the second and third quarter