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





posted 10/23

Plan on a lab session this Tuesday night.

There is a colloquium - on biophysics - this Friday at 12:30 in SC 199.

Archive of old announcements


posted 10/25

Read this assignment for class 16 [pdf] on Thursday. Note that it consists basically just of reviewing the material you should have already read from Ch.\ 14.

posted 10/24

Read the manual for Lab 2, part 1 [pdf] prior to coming to lab on Tuesday night at 8pm in SC 187. You should download the WASP-11 data before coming, and unpack the zip archive. Beyond that, you can do (and, I'm sure, complete) the data reduction in lab on Tuesday night or you can do it on your own or you can start doing it and then come to lab to get questions answered and just finish up. I suspect that most of you will be able to complete the work in an hour or less, and probably faster if you do it in lab with me so I can help you if you run into problems. If you choose to just do the lab on your own and not come to the lab meeting to get help on Tuesday night, please note that you'll still have to email me a few things by midnight on Tuesday in order to get credit for doing this part of the lab.

Once again, you'll probably want to do this lab and work with these data on your own computer to give yourself work flexibility. But, I'm very happy to have you use the desktop computers in 187 if you prefer. Please let me know ahead of time if the latter is the case.

posted 10/23

Read this assignment for class 15 [pdf] on Tuesday.

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, November 8 at 8 pm.


Class Information

David's office hours the week of Oct 17 - 21:

Tuesday: 2:00 to 3:30  
Thursday: 1:30 to 3:00  

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

A syllabus [pdf] (updated 10/26) 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: October 25, 2016