PHSCS 329

Observational Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Course Description

Basic techniques of observational astronomy, emphasizing practical experience in optical data acquisition and analysis.

When Taught

Fall and Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

2

Fixed

4

Recommended

PHSCS 228 concurrent enrollment if not completed

Title

Observing with a Telescope and CCD camera

Learning Outcome

Obtain publication quality astronomical data (photometric data) using a telescope and CCD camera.

Title

Optical Data Reduction and Analysis

Learning Outcome

Process raw data and extract astrophysically significant information from data about astronomical objects.

Title

Professional Ethics

Learning Outcome

Follow professional ethics guidelines in research activities and presentation of results.

Title

Astronomical Written and Verbal Presentation Skills

Learning Outcome

---Present results in astronomical publication format written in AASTeX. ---Present results in poster form like those at American Astronomical Society meetings. ---Prepare a request for telescope time at a facility outside of BYU