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SCM0014351, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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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
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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 GIAMPAOLO PIOTTO FIS/05

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione Astronomia 1 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PIOTTO GIAMPAOLO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of trigonometry, derivates, integrals, general physics, chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic elements of spherical astronomy, astronomical coordinates, movements of the celestial sphere, of the fixed stars and planets. Measure of principal parameters of planets and stars: distance, mass, radius. Basic knowledge of solar system planets. Basic knowlesge of exoplanets. Basic elements of stellar astrophysics: stellar spectra, spectral classification, magnitude, colors. color-magnititude diagrams, two-colors diagrams. Interstellar absorption.
Examination methods: Written exam with exercises and open questions about the topics of the program with a possible oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Capability to solve exercises of spherical astronomy and extercises on stellar magnitudes. Knowledge and capability to expose in an appropriate way the topics discussed during lectures. Capability of linking the different topics of the program.
Course unit contents: Elements of spheric trigonometry.
Astronomical reference systems and astronomical coordinates.
Trasformation of coordinates.
Rise and set of stars.
The different definitions and measures 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.
Ephemeris and orbital elements.
Distances, masses, and radii of Solar System objects.
The Solar System.
Extrasolar planets and extrasolar planetary systems.
Back body and Planck law.
Wien law and Stefan-Boltzman law.
Definition of apparent and absolute magnitudes.
Distances, masses, and radii of stars.
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 and exercises. Observational experience at the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory. Lecture at the Museo ''La Specola'' of the Padua Astronomical Observatory. Lectures are given in Italian.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Material provided by the teacher through the Moodle website of the course on the e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" ( Suggested textbooks.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rosino, Leonida, Lezioni di astronomia. Padova: CEDAM, 1979. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Barbieri, Cesare, Lezioni di astronomia. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Lecture at a museum of astronomical instruments. Observations with a professional telescope.

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)