Astronomy Courses

Astronomy 120: Stellar Physics

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Spring

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2015

Stars are the basic building blocks of galaxies and are responsible for the nucleosynthesis of most of the elements. Topics include stellar structure; energy transport in stars; stellar atmospheres; astroseismology; nuclear fusion in stars; stellar evolution; nucleosynthesis of the elements; stellar death and supernovae; the degenerate remnants of stars; black holes. This course will make use of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics, but will review these subjects as necessary.  This course will be taught again in Spring 2017.

Astronomy 120: Stellar Astrophysics

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Spring

Offered: 

2013
Stars are the basic building blocks of galaxies and are responsible for the nucleosynthesis of most of the elements. Topics include stellar structure; energy transport in stars; stellar atmospheres; astroseismology; nuclear fusion in stars; stellar evolution; nucleosynthesis of the elements; stellar death and supernovae; the degenerate remnants of stars; black holes. This course will make use of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics, but will review these subjects as necessary.  This course will be offered again in Spring 2015.

Astronomy 100: Methods of Observational Astronomy

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Spring

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2012

In this course we will learn the basic tools of modern astronomical research, including telescopes, detectors, imaging, spectroscopy, and common software. Emphasis will be placed on both the theory behind telescopes and their use, and hands-on experience with real data. Using this basic knowledge we will analyze science-level astronomical data from a wide range of telescopes and review the basic properties of stars, galaxies, and other astronomical objects of interest. The course includes a trip to the F. L. Whipple Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Arizona, to gather data with various...

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Astronomy 301hf: Journal Club

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2011

This is a Harvard Graduate Astronomy course dedicated to the discussion and lively debate over hot new results reported in the astronomy literature    (e.g., astro-ph).    Astro301hf provides a weekly venue for informal discussion and interaction among the Harvard faculty, students, and Smithsonian scientists.

Astronomy 120: Stellar Astrophysics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2011

Stars are the basic building blocks of galaxies and are responsible for the nucleosynthesis of most of the elements. Topics include stellar structure; energy transport in stars; stellar atmospheres; astroseismology; nuclear fusion in stars; stellar evolution; nucleosynthesis of the elements; stellar death and supernovae; the degenerate remnants of stars; black holes. This course will make use of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics, butwill review these subjects as necessary.  This course will be offered again in Spring 2013.