AstroTech: The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery

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English
12 h
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  • 6 Sequences
  • Introductive Level

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Science and Technology
    Introducing the themes of the course, and a first look at the science and technology we will study.
  • Week 2 - Telescopes and Stars
    How telescopes work, how we use them to make images in different colours, and how we use those measurements to understand how stars work.
  • Week 3 - Space and Black Holes
    Hunting for black holes, and why we need to get above the atmosphere to do it.
  • Week 4 - Detectors and the First Galaxies
    Detectors, how they work, and how we use them to catch the light from the very first galaxies.
  • Week 5 - Computers and Killer Rocks
    Why computers are crucial in astronomy, and how they are used to find rare objects.
  • Week 6 - Spectroscopy and Dark Energy
    How to break up light into its component parts, how that allows us to do astrophysics, and why we believe the Universe is full of a mysterious dark energy.

Prerequisite

None.

Instructors

Andy Lawrence

Physics and Astronomy

Catherine Heymans

Physics and Astronomy

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