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    Vassar College
  Jan 20, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ASTR 240 - Observational Astronomy

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
This course introduces the student to a variety of techniques used in the detection and analysis of electromagnetic radiation from astronomical sources. All areas of the electromagnetic spectrum are discussed, with special emphasis on solid-state arrays as used in optical and infrared astronomy. Topics include measurement uncertainty, signal-to-noise estimates, the use of astronomical databases, telescope design and operation, detector design and operation, practical photometry and spectroscopy and data reduction. Students are required to perform a number of nighttime observations at the college observatory. Colette Salyk.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 113  or PHYS 114 , or permission of the instructor.

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