Classes

Astronomy 100: Methods of Observational Astronomy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

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

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Astronomy 301hf: Journal Club

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2014

Each week two speakers (students, faculty, SAO scientists) will report on current research in astronomy or their own research work, providing students with an opportunity to practice the organization and presentation of technical material and to obtain a broad background in current astronomy research.  Faculty/SAO scientist talks are also designed to introduce students to research activities and opportunities at the CfA, and will be mainly geared to the first semester of each year.  A minimum of two presentations will be expected from each student, during the second year of

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Astronomy 100: Methods of Observational Astronomy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

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

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2013

Each week two speakers (students, faculty, SAO scientists) will report on current research in astronomy or their own research work, providing students with an opportunity to practice the organization and presentation of technical material and to obtain a broad background in current astronomy research.  Faculty/SAO scientist talks are also designed to introduce students to research activities and opportunities at the CfA, and will be mainly geared to the first semester of each year.  A minimum of two presentations will be expected from each student, during the second year of

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Astronomy 215hf: Topics in Contemporary Astrophysics

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2013

This full year half course will cover a broad range of contemporary topics in observational and theoretical astrophysics through a set of 10-12 two-week modules taught by members of the Astronomy Department faculty. The course will meet twice per week, and each module will be comprised of a stand-alone topic with a single homework assignment. Enrolled students will be required to sign up for the full year and attend half of the offered modules.

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Astronomy 100: Methods of Observational Astronomy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

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

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2012

Each week two speakers (students, faculty, SAO scientists) will report on current research in astronomy or their own research work, providing students with an opportunity to practice the organization and presentation of technical material and to obtain a broad background in current astronomy research.  Faculty/SAO scientist talks are also designed to introduce students to research activities and opportunities at the CfA, and will be mainly geared to the first semester of each year.  A minimum of two presentations will be expected from each student, during the second year of

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Astronomy 98: Research Tutorial in Astrophysics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012

This tutorial introduces students to research at the forefront of astrophysics, and provides opportunities for students to meet with research scientists and individuals active in science policy, education, and journalism. Students meet weekly for a lecture and discussion over dinner with a guest speaker, preceded by a reading and a preparatory seminar. Students will be mentored throughout the term on a research project of their choosing. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is home to one of the largest groups of astronomers in the world, providing extensive opportunities for

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Astronomy 219: High Energy Astrophysics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012

Discussion of relativistic and high-energy astrophysical phenomena and observational techniques. Accretion onto  compact stars (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes); active galactic nuclei, galaxy clusters. Gamma-ray bursts and cosmic rays. X-ray and gamma-ray background.

Astronomy 301hf: Journal Club

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2011

Each week two speakers (students, faculty, SAO scientists) will report on current research in astronomy or their own research work, providing students with an opportunity to practice the organization and presentation of technical material and to obtain a broad background in current astronomy research.  Faculty/SAO scientist talks are also designed to introduce students to research activities and opportunities at the CfA, and will be mainly geared to the first semester of each year.  A minimum of two presentations will be expected from each student, during the second year of

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Astronomy 100: Methods of Observational Astronomy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2011

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

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2010

Each week two speakers (students, faculty, SAO scientists) will report on current research in astronomy or their own research work, providing students with an opportunity to practice the organization and presentation of technical material and to obtain a broad background in current astronomy research.  Faculty/SAO scientist talks are also designed to introduce students to research activities and opportunities at the CfA, and will be mainly geared to the first semester of each year.  A minimum of two presentations will be expected from each student, during the second year of

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Astronomy 100: Methods of Observational Astronomy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2010

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 97: Introductory Tutorial

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2009

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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