Preliminary course schedule (details below in "Course topics")
NB. Lecture topics may change dates until the schedule is confirmed!
|Theory session||Practice session ||Topic|
|13.1.|| (17.1. no teaching)||Course introduction & information|
|20.1. || 24.1.||Solar system, planets & space environment|
|27.1.|| 31.1. ||Plasma 1: Observations|
|3.2.|| 7.2. ||Plasma 2: Modelling|
|10.2.|| 14.2.||Coordinate systems & time|
|(17.2.)|| (21.2.)||Exam week, no teaching|
|24.2.||28.2.||Orbits & celestial mechanics|
|2.3.|| 6.3. ||Emission mechanisms 1|
|9.3. || 13.3. ||Emission mechanisms 2|
|16.3.|| 20.3. ||Galactic astronomy 1|
|23.3. || 27.3. ||Galactic astronomy 2|
|30.3.||3.4. ||Extragalactic astronomy & cosmology|
|(6.4. no teaching)|| 9.4. Exam ||Exam week, exam on 9.4.|
13.1. 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.
20.1. Solar system, planets & space environment (EK)
- Solar system structure and bodies, such as planets.
- Space as an environment for satellites.
27.1. Plasma 1: Observations (EK)
- Space plasma missions and instruments.
3.2. Plasma 2: Modelling (EK)
- Interpretation of observations by models and simulations.
10.2. Coordinate systems & time (MTT)
Celestial coordinate systems.
Time. Time standards.
24.2. Orbits & celestial mechanics (JP/AS)
Types of orbits, orbital elements, trajectories.
Effect of gravity.
2.3. Emission mechanisms 1 (JT)
- Basics of emission mechanisms: black body radiation, synchrotron emission etc.
- Significance in space sciences and technology.
9.3. Emission mechanisms 2 (JT)
- Basics of emission mechanisms continued.
16.3. Galactic astronomy 1 (AL)
- Building blocks of the Milky Way: evolution & origin, structure, physics, and rotation.
- The Galactic center.
23.3. Galactic astronomy 2 (AL)
- Interstellar medium: dust, neutral and ionized hydrogen, molecules.
30.3. 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.