Astronomy and Astrophysics

Course Information
TitleΑΣΤΡΟΝΟΜΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΤΡΟΦΥΣΙΚΗ / Astronomy and Astrophysics
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPantelis Papadopoulos
Course ID40003008

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of General Physics and General Mathematics (Differential and integral calculus)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will: - know basic principles of astronomy and astrophysics - solve basic astronomical and astrophysical problems using the aforementioned principles - conduct basic uranographic and simple ephemeris calculations
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Basic principles of positional astronomy - Astronomical coordinates, Position triangle, Measurement of time, Stellar distances - Stellar photometry and stellar magnitudes, Colour indices - Spectra and spectral classification of stars – Interstellar matter and its phases - Sun, planets and their satellites, minor planets, comets – exoplanets and protoplanetary disks - Basic principles of stellar evolution and final stages of matter – Binary and Variable stars – Characteristics, classification, clusters, and evolution of galaxies – Observations of cosmological importance, theories of creation and evolution of the universe, cosmological models.
Astronomy, Astrophysics, Stars, Interstellar matter, Planets, exoplanets, protoplanetary disks, galaxies, Cosmology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Presentations with zoom, availability of recorded video lectures and other material on e-learning, submission and grading of homework on e-learning
Course Organization
Reading Assigment21
Written assigments30
Student Assessment
Weekly exercises (with bonus on final grade). Final written exam.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βιβλίο [280]: ΑΣΤΡΟΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΤΟΜΟΣ Ι, SHU FRANK Βιβλίο [2267]: Εισαγωγή στη σύγχρονη αστρονομία, Χ.Βάρβογλης, Ι.Σειραδάκης Βιβλίο [42022440]: Εισαγωγή στην αστροφυσική, Αλυσσανδράκης
Additional bibliography for study
Δωρεάν συγγράμματα από το ΚΑΛΛΙΠΟΣ: 1. Κ. Αλυσσανδράκης, Α. Νίντος, Σ. Πατσουράκος: «Παρατηρησιακή Αστροφυσική» 2. Κ. Αλυσσανδράκης, Α. Νίντος, Σ. Πατσουράκος: «Φυσική του Ήλιου και του Διαστήματος» 3. Α. Μαστιχιάδης, Ν. Βλαχάκης: «Αστροφυσική Υψηλών Ενεργειών» 4. Α. Νίντος, Κ. Αλυσσανδράκης: «Γαλαξιακή και Εξωγαλαξιακή Αστροφυσική»
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