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SC01111746, A.A. 2017/18

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

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge ALESSANDRO PIZZELLA FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

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

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 36 64.0 2
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic mathematics and physics.
Target skills and knowledge: Main objective of the course is to introduce students of the third year to the observational astronomy, through lectures about the tools and most common observational techniques (photometry and spectroscopy), with references to more modern investigation techniques. The course includes practical exercises on reduction techniques and CCD image analysis, as well as the practical use of the telescope for imaging and spectroscopy.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts:
- written report following the computer exercises
- oral on the lectures
Assessment criteria: The overall assessment of the student is based on:
- scientific and technical quality of the written report and related activities performed in the informatic lab.
- Preparation and understanding of the arguments developed during the lectures
Course unit contents: PROGRAM
- Diffraction through a slit
- Diffraction and interference through the double slit
- The diffraction grating
- Prism features, grisms vph and lattices
- Examples of spectrographs slit, echelle, multi -object and integral-field
- Photometric systems, broad band filters and filters
- Use of databases and archives of astronomical data
- Outline of time required procedures and access to telescopes
- Introduction to IRAF
- Procedures for the reduction and analysis of photometric and spectroscopic data
- Photometry of stars: opening and PSF .
- Spectroscopy of stars: spectral classification, temperature, equivalent width of the lines .
- Photometry of galaxies: isophote and brightness profiles, morphological classification.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: the course will consists of:
- lectures
- observations at the Asiago observatory with the Galileo telescope and the B&C spectrograph
- lectures using the PC

The course attendance is compulsory
Additional notes about suggested reading: Didactic material will be available on Moodle.

No reference texts are provided
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)