• Introduction to Current Research

    Astron 290A

    CCN: 20764

    Instructor: Jessica Lu

    In addition to introducing first-year graduate students and anyone interested to research opportunities with Astronomy faculty and research staff, this class discusses a wide variety of "meta" topics, e.g., how to choose a research advisor, what constitutes a competitive PhD thesis, and standards for ethical behavior in the workplace. Nuts-and-bolts topics such as good programming practices and popular software tools…


  • Cosmology Seminar

    Astro C290C

    CCN: 13088

    Instructor: Martin White

    Weekly seminar on research in cosmology, typically featuring outside speakers.


  • Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar

    Astro C285

    CCN: 13084

    Instructor: Eliot Quataert

    The study of theoretical astrophysics.


  • The departments of Astronomy and Earth and Planetary Science offer a joint research seminar in advanced topics in planetary science, featuring speakers drawn from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and visiting scholars. Topics will span planetary interiors; surface morphology; atmospheres; dynamics; planet formation; and astrobiology. Speakers will vary from semester to semester. Meetings will be held once a week for…


  • Introduction to Astrophysics

    Astron 7A

    CCN: 20758

    Instructor: Dan Weisz

    This is the first part of an overview of astrophysics, with an emphasis on the way in which physics is applied to astronomy. We will start with an introduction to astronomy, and learn how astronomers observe the night sky and measure the radiation, velocities, and distances of stars. We will interpret the observations of stars in terms of physical properties,…


  • Introduction to General Astronomy

    Astron C10

    CCN: 20718

    Instructor: Alex Filippenko

    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.


  • 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…


  • Planetary Astrophysics

    Astron C162

    CCN: 20743

    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.


  • Sophomore Seminar

    Astro 84, section 1

    CCN: 12949

    Instructor: Steven Beckwith

    This seminar discusses the physics of Black Holes, the evidence for their existence, and some of the interesting implications that black holes pose for the universe. Using Kip Thorne's book, "Black Holes and Time Warps; Einstein's Outrageous Legacy," we will delve into the ordinary predications about black holes–space-time curvature, time dilation, the dangers of getting too close, the central singularities,…


  • Introduction to Astrophysics

    Astron 7B

    CCN: 22678

    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…