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SCM0014351, A.A. 2017/18

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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 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASTRONOMY 1
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 GIAMPAOLO PIOTTO FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 7.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

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

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of trigonometry, derivates, integrals. Physics I, Chemestry.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic elements of spherical astronomy.
Basic elements of astrophysics
Examination methods: Written and/or oral exam
Assessment criteria: Capability to solve exercises of spherical astronomy and extercises on stellar magnitudes.
Capability to expose in an appropriate way the argoments in course programm.
Course unit contents: Elements of spheric trigonometry
Astronomical reference systems and astronomical coordinates
Trasformation of coordinates
Rise and set of stars
The measure of the time
Definition of year
Light aberration
Radial velocity and proper motions
Apparent movement of Sun, Moon and planets
Eclipses, transits, occultations
The Kepler laws
The two body problem
Ephemeris and orbital elements
The solar system
Extrasolar planets and extrasolar planetary systems
Binary stars
Back body and Planck law
Wien law and Stephan-Boltzman law
Definition of apparent and absolute magnitudes
Color temperature
Distance modulus
Definition of photometric system
Color indexes
Johnson-Cousins and Stromgren photometric systems
Color-magnitude and color-color diagrams
Reddening and interstellar absorption
Boltzmann and Saha laws for spectral interpretation
Spectral classification of stars
Effects of luminosity and of metallicity on stellar spectra
Open clusters
Globular clusters
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures
Observational experience at the Astrophysical Observatory in Asiago
Lecture at the Museo La Specola
Additional notes about suggested reading: Informatic material provided by the professor
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rosino, Leonida, Lezioni di astronomiaLeonida Rosino. Padova: CEDAM, 1979.
  • Barbieri, Cesare, Lezioni di astronomiaCesare Barbieri. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2002.