12.410[J] Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy


Class Info

Fundamental physical and optical principles used for astronomical measurements at visible wavelengths and practical methods of astronomical observations. Topics: astronomical coordinates, time, optics, telescopes, photon counting, signal-to-noise ratios, data analysis (including least-squares model fitting), limitations imposed by the Earth's atmosphere on optical observations, CCD detectors, photometry, spectroscopy, astrometry, and time variability. Project at Wallace Astrophysical Observatory. Written and oral project reports. Limited to 18; preference to Course 8 and Course 12 majors and minors.

This class has 8.282J, 12.402J, 12.409, and 8.03 as prerequisites.

12.410[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by R. Binzel.

This class counts for a total of 15 credits.

You can find more information at the 12.410J Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy (also 8.287J) site or on the 12.410[J] Stellar site.

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