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Course unit
INO2043561, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0511, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge IVANO BERTINI FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: in order to be allowed to take the exams of the 3rd year, the student must have acquired at least 75 CFU, in particular all those pertaining to the 1st year
Target skills and knowledge: Fundamentals of Astronomy, capability to solve engineering problems such as pointing and guiding telescopes on the ground and in space, determination of the effects of the terrestrial atmosphere, the advantages of carrying out observations from platforms on balloons, stratospheric airplanes and satellites. Notions on the structure of the solar system.
Notions on main photometric systems and spectroscopic classifications of stars.
Examination methods: A written test (2 hours) at mid-course plus a final written test (2 hours) at the end. The vote is determined by a weighted average of the two tests. During the course, several exercises are suggested for home work, to better ascertain the interest and preparation of the student.
At the request of the student, an oral exam can be taken after the final written exam.
Assessment criteria: capability to answer the questions of the written tests, carrying out the necessary calculations,
capability to express personal ideas, e.g. in the homework exercises.
Course unit contents: the detailed program is expounded in the first hour of lectures. Schematically:
The material channel vs the electromagnetic channel
Basics of plane and spherical trigonometry, vectors
The origin of the reference system
The shape of the Earth
The celestial sphere, the main astronomical coordinate systems and their transformation rules
Examples of telescopes in the different mechanical mounts
Movements of the terrestrial observer
Precession, nutation
Free Eulerian nutation, the polar motion
Aberration and gravitational deflection of light
Time in astronomy
Daily and Annual parallaxes
Dynamical and secular parallaxes
Proper motions and radial velocities
Astrometry from space: Hipparcos and Gaia
The ESA/Rosetta mission
The future ESA/Castalia mission
Apex of solar motion and Local Standard of Rest
Some elements of Dynamics
The structure of the solar system
Our Sun
The Earth atmosphere
Basics of Astronomical photometry
Basics of Astronomical spectroscopy
Basics on the Universe
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: homework
exercises in the classroom
exercises at the Asiago telescopes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: several lectures and conferences can be found on the web site of the teacher

It is suggested to download the last version of the lessons from the updated platform moodle of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cesare Barbieri, Lezioni di Astronomia. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1999. ed edizioni successive Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cesare Barbieri, Fundamentals of Astronomy. USA: Taylor & Francis, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo