This is the webpage for the graduate-level Observational Astronomy (AS.171.618) taught in the Fall 2011 

The class will take place in Bloomberg room 447(Mondays) & 511(Fridays)


How do we observe the Universe at each wavelength and what do we see? This course will present the knowledge required for astronomical observations across the entire spectrum. For each wavelength range (gamma rays, X-rays, UV, visible, IR, radio) we will discuss the type of detector used, the range of possible observations and current open questions. We will also discuss the dominant astronomical and terrestrial sources across the spectrum, and study the differences between ground- and space-based observations.