Astronomy 16: Modern Astrophysics

Prof. David Cohen

Fall 2014
Tu., Th. 9:55 to 11:10
SC 113 (seminar room)


Omega Cen Pleiades Arp 188 Eagle Nebula


This site dates from the last time Astro 16 was taught; it will be taught next in fall 2015





posted 12/13

The final exam is on Tuesday morning, December 16, at 9:00 AM in SC L26. (Note the room!)

You can pick up graded midterms and my solutions in the box outside my office. I hope to have homework #7 graded for you by Monday.

Archive of old announcements.


posted 12/13

The final exam will be like the midterms, in that you can bring your two sheets of equations plus one new sheet, and you'll be provided with material from the textbook appendices. But otherwise, it will be closed book.

To help you prepare for the final exam — which will cover all the material this semester, including Chs. 19 and 20 — you can do these optional homework problems [pdf]. I'll post my solutions on Monday.

Archive of old assignments.

Upcoming Events

Check the departmental colloquium schedule. You should come to these talks. They are typically Friday at 12:30 in Rm. 199, and include pizza.

There are telescope public viewings the second Tuesday of each month, at the Peter van de Kamp Observatory on the roof of the Science Center. The next one is on January 13, at 8 PM.


Class Information

Read the class announcement [pdf]

A syllabus [pdf] (Updated 11/25) is available
note that it will be periodically updated

office hours for finals week


physical constants and astronomical constants from the appendix of our textbook

Wolfram Alpha (high-powered calculator and more)

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Messier 42; with links to articles about each Messier object

data reduction and image compositing instructions for use with data from our PvdK Observatory (v.1.2 includes plate solving instructions)

AstroImageJ (AIJ) telescope data analysis software upload an image or use within AIJ

airmass plotter from Tapir

annotated finding charts also from Tapir

photometry and light curve instructions

background information for Lab 5

SIMBAD Astronomical Database

Stellarium software for making sky maps

what's up in the sky this week

gravity simulator

Planet Crash

using your hands to measure angles

sky and weather information

observatory website

department website



This page is maintained by David Cohen
cohen -at-

Last modified: December 9, 2014