Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • After this course the student knows how radio astronomy can be used to study astronomical objects, how radio astronomy complements the data collected with other instruments, and where radio astronomy is the only/superior method for collecting data.
  • The student understands the basic principles of radio telescopes and receivers, from radiometers to bolometers, as well as the various observing methods.
  • She/he can plan and even conduct an observing session at a radio telescope for a given astronomical problem.
  • The student identifies the challenges that radio astronomy faces with the increasing electromagnetic interference, as well as the efforts to avoid them.
  • She/he is able to describe the current developments and future prospects in radio astronomy.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 16.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Anne Lähteenmäki, Merja Tornikoski

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anne Lähteenmäki, Merja Tornikoski

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Fundamentals of astronomy and radio astronomy. Radio astronomy in Finland.
    • Radio astronomy antennas and receivers.
    • Single-dish radio astronomy and observing methods.
    • Very Long Baseline Interferometry.
    • Radio emission from the Sun, Galactic objects and extragalactic sources.
    • Cosmic Microwave Background.
    • Life in the Universe and search for intelligence.
    • Radio frequency & electromagnetic interference.
    • Future of radio astronomy.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exercises, learning assignments, observation work, examinations

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours 48 h (2 x 2 h per week). Independent work: observation work 10 h, exercises and learning assignments 57 h, examination and preparation 20 h.


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    S-92.3146 Radio astronomy

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELEC-E4210 Introduction to space. Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and radio technology.



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