FY2450 - Astrophysics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Astronomical observations: telescopes, detectors and observations.
Stellar physics: Continuous and spectral line radiation in stars, The Sun, binary stars, the main sequence, stellar old age and death, star clusters, the interstellar medium and star formation.
Galaxies: The Milky Way, structure and morphology, normal and active galaxies, galactic clusters, expansion of the universe, cosmology, the Big Bang, cosmic microwave background radiation.
The Solar system: The Sun, Sun-Earth connections, the Earth and Moon, the inner and outer planets, minor bodies in the Solar System, extra-solar planets.

Learning outcome

The candidate will gain a basic knowledge of astronomical observations, instruments, data handling and interpretation. A broad overview of the Solar System and our own galaxy, extra-solar planets, stellar physics and the lifecycle of stars, and the structure of galaxies and clusters of galaxies in an expanding Universe. In addition, the candidate will gain an understanding of how to use astronomical observations to infer the physical processes in the Universe from the properties of the smallest interstellar dust grains to the dynamics of galactic clusters.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem sessions. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

M.L. Kutner, Astronomy: A physical perspective (Cambridge University Press 2003).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNFFY250 7.5



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring Written examination 100/100 C 2015.01.06 09:00
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.