• In this course, students undertake several inquiry-based lab experiments to acquire the bases of observational optical astronomy. The experiments, which build on theoretical knowledge obtained in previous classes and include the measurement of the Earth-Sun distance and the detection of an extrasolar planet, provide the students with a first introduction to the methodology of professional research. The skills that are…


  • Stellar Physics

    Astro 160

    CCN: 13221

    Instructor: Eliot Quataert

    Stars are the building blocks of galaxies and play a central role in the evolution of structure in the universe, in the nucleosynthesis of most elements, in the formation of compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), and as tools for measuring cosmological distances (e.g., Cepheids and Type 1a SN).  This course will cover the observations and physics…


  • Planetary Astrophysics

    Astro C162 | Earth and Planetary Science C162

    CCN: 13377

    Instructor: Imke de Pater

    Physics of planetary systems, both solar and extra-solar. Star and planet formation, radioactive dating, small-body dynamics and interaction of radiation with matter, tides, planetary interiors, atmospheres, and magnetospheres. High-quality oral presentations may be required in addition to problem sets and a final exam.


  • Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

    Astro C228 | Physics C228

    CCN: 13415

    Instructor: Uros Seljak

    A survey of physical cosmology – the study of the origin, evolution, and fate of the universe. Topics include the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker model, thermal history and big bang nucleosynthesis, evidence and nature of dark matter and dark energy, the formation and growth of galaxies and large scale structure, the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave radiation, inflation in the early universe, tests…


  • Stellar Structure and Evolution

    Astro 252

    CCN: 06070

    Instructor: Eliot Quataert

    Equations of stellar structure, radiative transfer and convection, thermonuclear reactions and stellar energy generations; stellar models, degenerate configurations, evolutionary sequences, supernovae, neutron stars, black holes, nucleosynthesis.


  • Introduction to Current Research

    Astro 290B

    CCN: 13196

    Instructor: Eugene Chiang

    Survey of research currently being performed in the Department or the University.


  • Introduction to Astrophysics

    Astro 7B

    CCN: 13147

    Instructor: Eugene Chiang

    This is the second part of an overview of astrophysics, which begins with 7A. This course covers the Milky Way galaxy, star formation and the interstellar medium, galaxies, black holes, quasars, dark matter, the expansion of the universe and its large-scale structure, and cosmology and the Big Bang. The physics in this course includes that used in 7A (mechanics and…


  • Introduction to General Astronomy

    Astro 10

    CCN: 05912

    Instructor: Leo Blitz

    A description of modern astronomy with emphasis on the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Additional topics optionally discussed include quasars, pulsars, black holes, and extraterrestrial communication, etc. Individual instructor's synopses available from the department.


  • The Planets

    Astro C12 | Letters and Science C70T

    CCN: 30003

    Instructor: Optical and Infrared Astronomy Laboratory

    A tour of the mysteries and inner workings of our solar system. What are planets made of? Why do they orbit the sun the way they do? How do planets form, and what are they made of? Why do some bizarre moons have oceans, volcanoes, and ice floes? What makes the Earth hospitable for life? Is the Earth a common…


  • Radio Astronomy Laboratory

    Astro 121

    CCN: 13163

    Instructor: Carl Heiles

    Several basic laboratory experiments that concentrate on microwave electronics and techniques; construction of receiving, observing, and data analysis systems for two radioastronomical telescopes, a single-dish 21-cm line system and a 12-GHz interferometer; use of these telescopes for astronomical observing projects including structure of the Milky Way galaxy, precise position measurement of several radio sources, and measurement of the radio brightness distributions…