Astronomy 16: Modern Astrophysics

Prof. David Cohen

Fall 2016
Tu., Th. 9:55 to 11:10
SC 113 (seminar room)


Eagle Nebula Sun in Halpha M 43 Andromeda


This site dates from the last time this course was taught.




posted 12/6

The final exam is at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 13, in our classroom.

There will be an SA session on Sunday night, December 11, in L 32, starting at 7:30 pm. Come with questions.

Archive of old announcements


posted 12/6

Read the information about the final exam [pdf], and study for it!

Archive of old assignments

Upcoming Events

Astro 16 students are members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and are encouraged to participate in department activities beyond the classroom. This includes attending regular talks – colloquia given by visiting scientists. Check the department colloquium schedule to see if there's a talk this week. You'll find titles and descriptions of the talks, which are generally on Fridays at lunchtime.

You can also attend, and help out with, the monthly telescope open houses at the Peter van de Kamp Observatory, on the roof of the Science Center. This activity is optional. The next observatory open house is on Tuesday, December 13 at 8 pm.


Class Information

David's office hours during final exam period:

David will be out of town this week, but get in touch by email if you have any questions  

David's office is SC 125 and his lab is SC 124, right across the hall.

A syllabus [pdf] (updated 11/19) is available
note that it will be periodically updated.

Read the course information document [pdf] (updated 9/6) for information about exams, homework lateness policy, grades, and accommodation.


Astronomy Picture of the Day

what's up in the sky this week

gravity simulator

Planet Crash

a Java-free orbit simulator

using your hands to measure angles

sky and weather information

observatory website

department website

class Moodle page



This page is maintained by David Cohen
cohen -at-

Last modified: May 4, 2017