The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Modern Astronomy: Observing the Physics of Our Mysterious Universe

Date: July 5 - July 18, 2020

Program length: 2 weeks

This two-week program will build a ground-up understanding of observational astronomy, exploring the basis of human extraterrestrial observation and the art of turning astronomy into a science.

We'll use the foundations of astrophysics to explain the implications of modern observations, supplementing data with observations we will learn to take during the class. We will develop a physically motivated framework with which to understand observations by undertaking a survey of the lifetimes of different unique objects in the universe, from stars to galaxies to the universe itself.

Students will do some late night observations (weather permitting) using the Orchard Hill Observatory and other telescopes, as well as making observations with digital cameras.



Jed McKinney

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Astronomy

Sarah Betti

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Astronomy