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 11/25

Have a good Thanksgiving break. We've got a full week of classes etc. next week. See the assignments section below for information about (1) the current homework (due Wed., Dec. 3), (2) reading and class preparation, and (3) our next and final lab meeting.

Archive of old announcements.


posted 11/25

Our next homework assignment, homework #7 [pdf] is due on Wednesday, December 3.

We will have a lab meeting on Wednesday night, December 3. Stay tuned for both feedback on your WASP-11 light curves and information about the next, and final, lab meeting.

A more detailed reading assignment will be posted shortly, but most of Tuesday's class will be on exoplanets, and so you should read Ch. 12 (focusing mostly on sections 3 and 4, but sections 1 and 2 do provide some interesting context with respect to the planets in our own solar system).

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 December 9, 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 11/25) is available
note that it will be periodically updated

office hours for week 13


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 25, 2014