Observational Astronomy
Physics 308

The class is offered in the Fall 2018 term, and meets from 2:00-2:50 on Monday, or at other times to be announced, in Natural Science 312.
The course offers hands-on and remote access to facilities at Moore Observatory in Kentucky Mt. Kent Observatory in Queensland, Australia, and Mt. Lemmon in Arizona. Observing sessions will be scheduled throughout the semester when weather permits.


The observatory will be open when weather and out schedules permit. Please check your email for the latest information or send a mail if you see an opportunity. Use the high resolution images from the GOES-16 satellite to see for yourself.

Syllabus
Everything you need to know about the class

Star Charts
Maps of the visible sky

Observatories
Moore Mt. Kent and Mt. Lemmon observatories


Projects and Resources

Project guide
Suggestions for projects

News from ESO
Merging Neutron Stars

Sky Tonight
Messier and Caldwell Lists

Transit Finder
Known Exoplanets

Exoplanet Transits
Observations

Exoplanet
Database

Supernovae
Latest Information

Observable Comets
Images and Observations


Astronomical Coordinates


Observatory Access

Data requests
Moore Observatory

Astronomy website
Moore Observatory and Shared Skies

Directions
To Moore Observatory

Data download
Use name and password provided


On-line Public Data and Information

NASA ADS
NASA Astrophysics Data System publication index and archive

Simbad
SIMBAD Astronomical Database

Aladin-Lite
View Astronomical Image Databases

SDSS
Sloal Digital Sky Survey

MAST
Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes

ESO Archive
Science archive from ESO telescopes


Ground-based Observatories and Telescopes

LSST
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will have an 8.4-meter diameter mirror and a 3.5 degree field of view

VLT
ESO's Very Large Telescope is 4 8.2-meter telescopes

Keck
The University of California's twin 10-meter telescopes on Mauna Kea

Siding Spring
4-meter and 2.3 meter telescopes in Australia

WIYN
An observatory with a 3.5-meter telescope operated by a university consortium and offering community access

Moore and Mt. Kent
Small telescopes in Kentucky and Australia operated by the University of Louisville and the University of Southern Queensland


Software

AstroImageJ
Astronomical photometry, data reduction, and image processing

AstroCC
Celestial coordinate converter and object locator

Aladin
Data base visualization

ds9
FITS image display

Stellarium
Sky simulator

Python
A Python tutorial for physics and astronomy students

Cosmographia
3D space simulator


Links

Sky-Map
Color version of the DSS

Exoplanet Transits
Ephemerides for observable known exoplanets

In-the-Sky
Any time and place

Heaven's Above
Louisville sky simulation

SAO/NASA ADS
Abstracts and articles

astro-ph
Astrophysics arXiv