ASTR 620

Fall 2003
MW 2:00-3:15 PM
CSS 0201

Prof. Stacy McGaugh
Office: CSS 1251
Phone: (301) 405-7897

Galactic Astronomy
Binney & Merrifield
Galactic Dynamics
Binney & Tremaine

Course News

Thanks to everyone for making this an interesting semester.

Histogram of scores on the final is at right.
(Click for bigger version.)

High score: 72
Median score: 66
Low score: 58

Finals will be returned to your mailboxes.

Course Links
Course Outline
Course Work | | Problem Set 1 | Problem Set 2 | Problem Set 3 | Problem Set 4
Topics for semseter projects.

Topical Links
Movie of stars orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
Images of Local Group Galaxies.
Cute 3D map of the Local Group.
Info on the Sagittarius Dwarf.
M31 group images from NED. Note the effects of resolution!
Consice facts about Astronomical magnitude systems.
Overview of Galaxy Classification by Prof. G. Bothun.

Useful Links
NASA's ADS (Astrophysical Data System), an excellent way to search the literature.
astro-ph e-print archive. Most astronomy papers appear here first as preprints. Caveat Emptor - much crap gets dumped here prior to refereeing.
e-Journals: ApJ | AJ | MNRAS | A&A | PASP
Level 5, an Extragalactic Kowledgebase at NED.
Google: a good search engine.

Merging galaxy simulation created for the IMAX movie Cosmic Voyage.
Warning - this is a very large (24 Mb) MPEG movie. It may require excessive down load time.
Courtesy of Chris Mihos (CWRU).

Check out the Mihos JavaLab.
Note: most of the Applets perform better on the PCs than on the SUNs.