Astronomy 16: Modern Astrophysics

Prof. David Cohen

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


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posted 11/16

There is information about the exam posted in the assignments section, below. There will, unfortunately, be no SA session on Monday night. But I will have two sets of office hours on Monday. The exam will be in class on Tuesday. Bring a calculator.

Archive of old announcements.


posted 11/19

Here's a reading assignment/topic-summary for this and next week.

posted 11/16

You should study for Tuesday's midterm. Read these guidelines and let me know if you have any questions. New: There will not be any questions on the material from Ch. 6 (telescopes/observational astronomy).

posted 11/13 (posted last week)

By Monday (but talk to me if you can't) you should go through the tutorial on photometry and lightcurve making, and produce a light curve for WASP-11, and email it to me.

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 November 11, at 8 PM. Astro 16 students are welcome to come and help out. It is also an excellent opportunity to show your friends the observatory and the view of astronomical objects through our telescope.


Class Information

Read the class announcement [pdf]

A syllabus [pdf] (Updated 11/6) is available
note that it will be periodically updated

office hours for week 11


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

Airmass plotter from Tapir

Annotated finding charts also from Tapir

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: November 19, 2014