Ay 20 Basic Astronomy and the Galaxy

10 units 3-1-6. Instructor: Phinney

The electromagnetic spectrum; ground and space observing techniques; spectroscopy; inferring the composition and physical properties of astronomical objets; stellar masses, distances and motions; the birth, structure, evolution and death of stars; the structure and dynamics of the Galaxy.

Short labs will introduce optics, spectroscopy, and astronomical measurement techniques.

Students will write an observing proposal for time on the Palomar 1.5m and/or Table Mountain 1m telescopes, and obtain, reduce and interpret the resulting data.