This course will be a laboratory work of observing extrasolar planets using a telescope and a CCD camera. Students will obtain and analyze observational data by themselves, and derive physical properties of extrasolar planets from the data. This course will provide students a chance to work on astronomical observations going one step beyond just stargazing.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand basics of photometric observations using a telescope and a CCD camera.
2) Understand transit technique as a method to detect extrasolar planets, and analyze the observational data.
astronomical observation, extrasolar planets
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The course consists of lectures (1-2 times), observations (2 times), and data analysis (2 times). The observations will be conducted from 16:30pm to 22:00pm.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction||Extrasolar planets, photometric observation|
|Class 2||Lecture||telescope, CCD camera|
|Class 3||Observation 1||Operation of instruments|
|Class 4||Observation 2||Operation of instruments|
|Class 5||Data analysis 1||Data reduction of CCD data|
|Class 6||Data anlaysis 2||Derive physical properties of extrasolar planets|
Reference books and course materials are introduced during the course.
Students must attend observations and data analysis. Students' knowledge of photometry, data analysis, and transit techqniue will assessed by final report (100%).