Basic knowledge of astronomy; at the end of the course, the student must know how to discuss with cognition the main motions of the Earth and the Moon and place them in the wider environment of the Solar System, as well as having knowledge of the main physical laws that govern it. It must also have understood what stars are, how they are born and how they evolve and what are the main means of investigation for their study. Particular attention will be given to the Sun and its interactions with our planet. Finally, the student will have to be able to place the stars inside the Galaxy and, finally, the latter together with the outer galaxies, in our Universe.
Teaching is based on lectures.
There are also some practical exercises aimed at learning some techniques used in astrophysics as well as guided visits to observational infrastructures of the INAF - Catania Astrophysical Observatory.
Should the circumstances require online or blended teaching, appropriate modifications to what is hereby stated may be introduced, in order to achieve the main objectives of the course.
Exams may take place online, depending on circumstances.
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The course will introduce the main problems of modern astronomy, in relation to the objects of the solar system, stars, and our Galaxy, with more general hints of cosmology.
Shipman H.L., Introduzione all’astronomia, Zanichelli