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125880 – Section 001   

Faculty of Arts and SciencesAstronomyEdo Berger
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2017-2018  (show academic calendar)MW   Monday 2:00 p.m. - 3:29 p.m.; Wednesday 12:30 p.m. - 1:59 p.m.Northwest Bldg B127 (SEAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

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 telescopes.

Prerequisite: Astronomy 16 OR Astronomy 17

This course is offered each year.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.