Students will observe using the telescopes at Stickney Observatory for a series of astronomical observing projects. After a range of initial assigned projects designed to acquaint students with the capabilities of the observing equipment and astrophysically interesting observations, students will propose and carry out their own observing projects looking at astrophysical phenomena of interest to them. As this is a projects class, it is expected that students will be able to devote significant time (mostly at night) observing on their own or in small teams.
Students entering this class are expected to have significant prior experience using a telescope and a basic understanding of astronomical observing. In addition, students must have some previous background with astrophysical measurements, either via taking an astronomy class or through experiences outside of class.