2019 Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (astronomy) A

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Sato Bunei  Nakamoto Taishi  Okuzumi Satoshi  Ueda Takahiro  Omiya Masashi 
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Intensive (I2-318, Ishikawadai Bldg. 2, 318 room)  
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

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

  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, course materials, etc.

Reference books and course materials are introduced during the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students must attend observations and data analysis. Students' knowledge of photometry, data analysis, and transit techqniue will assessed by final report (100%).

Related courses

  • LAS.A101 : Earth and Space Sciences A
  • LAS.A102 : Earth and Space Sciences B
  • LAS.A110 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (geophysics)
  • LAS.A111 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (earth materials)

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