Course schedule (details below in "Course topics")
|Theory session||Practice session ||Topic|
|8.1.|| (12.1. no teaching)||Course introduction & information|
|15.1. || 19.1.||Solar system, planets & space environment|
|22.1.|| 26.1. ||Plasma 1: Observations|
|29.1.|| 2.2. ||Plasma 2: Modelling|
|5.2.|| 9.2.||Coordinate systems & time|
|(12.2.) || (16.2.) ||Exam week, no teaching|
|19.2.||23.2.||Orbits & celestial mechanics |
|26.2.|| 2.3. ||Space technology & history|
|5.3. || 9.3. ||Emission mechanisms|
|12.3.|| 16.3. ||Galactic astronomy 1|
|19.3. || 23.3. ||Galactic astronomy 2|
|26.3.||No teaching (Easter)||Extragalactic astronomy & cosmology|
|(2.4. no teaching)|| 6.4. Exam ||Exam week, exam on 6.4.|
8.1. Introduction (AL, EK)
about the course: theory sessions & preliminary work, practice
sessions & group and individual assignments, exam. Evaluation
- Contents of the course & what to expect. Universe.
- Space scene in Finland and in Aalto: space technology, radio astronomy, space physics.
15.1. Solar system, planets & space environment (EK)
- Solar system structure and bodies, such as planets.
- Space as an environment for satellites.
22.1. Plasma 1: Observations (EK)
- Space plasma missions and instruments.
29.1. Plasma 2: Modelling (EK)
- Interpretation of observations by models and simulations.
5.2. Coordinate systems & time (MTT)
Celestial coordinate systems.
Time. Time standards.
19.2. Orbits & celestial mechanics (JP)
Types of orbits, orbital elements, trajectories.
Effect of gravity.
26.2. Space technology & history (JP)
- Overview of space exploration.
- History of space technology.
5.3. Emission mechanisms (JT)
- Basics of emission mechanisms: black body radiation, synchrotron emission etc.
- Significance in space sciences and technology.
12.3. Galactic astronomy 1 (AL)
- Building blocks of the Milky Way: evolution & origin, structure, physics, and rotation.
- The Galactic center.
19.3. Galactic astronomy 2 (AL)
- Interstellar medium: dust, neutral and ionized hydrogen, molecules.
26.3. Extragalactic astronomy & cosmology (MTT)
- Introduction to galaxies. Redshift. Hubble's law.
- Radio galaxies. Quasars and other active galactic nuclei. Quasar research at Metsähovi.
- Basics of cosmology. Cosmic microwave background.