6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2018 (On-campus)
One of, PHS2011, PHS2022, , or .
This unit gives students theoretical background and practical experience in modern observational astronomy. ASP3231 students study telescope optics, spectroscopy, CCD imaging, image processing, statistics, astronomical distances, stellar evolution, extra-solar planets, neutron stars and galaxies. An observational project, including an astronomical observing session and analysis of the observations, comprises a substantial component of ASP3231.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Explain and understand concepts taught in the unit, including astronomical instrumentation, data processing, photometry and spectroscopy;
- Describe how we observe celestial objects across the electromagnetic spectrum and how these observations are used to understand the nature of celestial objects;
- Evaluate the accuracy of astronomical instrumentation and observations, including angular resolution, spectroscopic resolution and photometric precision;
- Apply their knowledge to execute an observing program and use astronomical imaging to understand the nature of a celestial object;
- Present and communicate the results of an astronomical observing program.
Examination (2 hours): 40%
Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a pass mark in the laboratory/project component to achieve an overall pass grade.
- Two 1-hour lectures per week
- One 3-hour laboratory or project session per week
- 12 hours of observing for the semester
- Six hours of independent study per week
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