12.409 Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets


Class Info

Background for, and techniques of, visual observation and electronic imaging of the Moon, planets, satellites, stars, and brighter deep-space objects. Weekly outdoor observing sessions using 8-inch diameter telescopes when weather permits. Indoor sessions introduce skills necessary for observation. Introduction to contemporary observational astronomy including astronomical computing, image and data processing, and how astronomers work. Student must maintain a careful and complete written log which is graded. Consumes an entire evening each week; 100% attendance at observing sessions required to pass. Enrollment limited; priority to freshmen.

This class has no prerequisites.

12.409 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by A. Bosh.

Lecture occurs 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Wednesdays in 37-294.

This class counts for a total of 6 credits.

You can find more information at the 12.409 Observing Stars and Planets site or on the 12.409 Stellar site.

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