Course time table
Course Date Time
ASTR210 07.12.2019 1.00-2.30pmASTR220 07.12.2019 2.45-4.15pm
ASTR211 14.12.2019 1.00-2.30pmASTR230 14.12.2019 2.45-4.15pm
Night Camp 21.12.2019 6.00pm-6.00pmSolar Observational camp 20.12.2019 9.00am-12.00pm
Location: Institute of Astronomy- 145/5A, Sooriya Mawatha, Koswatta, Thalangama- North
This unit of study provides a broad understanding of the structure, scale and diversity of the universe and an appreciation of the scientific methods used to achieve this understanding. Current areas of investigation, new ideas and concepts which often receive wide media attention will be used to demonstrate how science attempts to understand new and remote phenomena and how our ideas of our place in the universe are changing., stars, supernova, black holes, galaxies, quasars, cosmology and the Big Bang. It also includes day and night sky observing sessions.
Course code- ASTR220 & ASTR221: Telescope & Observational Astronomy
This unit strongly focuses on telescope aberrations, useful equations related to telescopes, coordinate systems, spherical astronomy (basic), astrophotography (basic) and time. This unit will show you how to mount a telescope and use different types of eyepieces and Barlow lenses.
This course strongly focuses on the history of cosmology, Olbers Paradox, Newton and Einstein universe, Expansion of universe, Hubble law, big bang theory, redshift, and geometry of space-time (basic introduction of general relativity and special relativity)
Kepler's laws of motion to understand the motion of planets in the solar system and extend the Kepler's laws to other star systems. Trigonometric parallax- To understand the basic understanding of one of the earliest methods used to determine the distances to nearby stars using their apparent shift shown within a period of 6 months. Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation- To understand the gravitational force and use it to understand the motion of objects in the universe.
Magnitude system, hydrogen spectrum and Black body radiation.