Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 12.04.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


Anne Lähteenmäki, Jaan Praks, Esa Kallio, Merja Tornikoski and Joni Tammi.


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV 2018 - 2019 (spring)
III-IV 2019 - 2020 (spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • After the course the student has the basic knowledge of astronomy, space physics and space technology that are needed for further studies.
  • The student knows the structure and central physical properties of the universe and the solar system, and the objects contained in them.
  • She/he identifies the basic concepts and tools of astronomy and space physics, and is able to solve simple problems related to them.
  • The student can list what kind of observations can be made of astronomical and solar system phenomena, and what is the motivation behind such efforts.
  • She/he can compute simple orbits of satellites using celestial and orbital mechanics, and can apply various celestial coordinate systems.
  • The student recognises the basic vocabulary used in space science and technology, and how Aalto University is situated in the national and international space research scenes.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Basics of astronomy and space physics.
  • Building blocks and central properties of the universe and the solar system.
  • Emission mechanisms
  • Coordinate systems.
  • Celestial mechanics & orbits.
  • Observations of astronomical and solar system phenomena.
  • Space technology and missions.
  • Space science and technology research and education at Aalto University.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Exercises, learning assignments, examinations.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Evaluation and course grades are based on group and individual assignments, and final exam. They are weighted as follows: assignments 60%, exam 40%. Active participation in course activities is essential for passing the course.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 48 h (2 x 2 h per week). Independent work 87 h.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Contact hours 48 h (2 x 2 h per week). Independent work 87 h.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be specified.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Lecture slides and additional material will be posted in MyCourses.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic knowledge of mathematics and physics.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

language class 3: English

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 



Registration and further information