UV, Optical and IR Astronomy

Module Code: AA2053

Module Tutor: Anne Sansom

Next Run Date: Sep 2024

Module Credits: 20

In this module you will develop your understanding of techniques and processess that underlie astronomical observations. You will learn about the effects of the Earth’s atmosphere on observations, telescopes, the uses of photometry, and how detectors including CCD work.

You will also develop your skills in practical observing and simple data reduction, using your own equipment or commonly available resources from the Internet. Here you will carry out practical aspects of photometry and CCD imaging which will be written up as an assessed experimental report.

Recommended Text Book(s)

Note: These books are supplementary text to the module and not required reading. More supplementary texts can be found through the reading list link.

Astronomy: Principles and Practice, Roy A.E. and Clarke D.C., 4th ed., 2003, The Institute of Physics , ISBN 0750309172, £29.99.

Astrophysical Techniques, 6th ed., Kitchin, C.R., 2014, The Institute of Physics . ISBN-13: 978-146651115.

Telescopes and Techniques: An introduction to Practical Astronomy, 2nd edition Kitchin, C.R., 2003, Springer-Verlag UK, ISBN-10 1852337257, £23.99.

Detection of Light from Ultraviolet to the Submillimeter, Rieke, (2003), Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: 978052107107 (paperback), £33.00.