2018-2019 / SPAT0068-1

Astrophysical observations


15h Th, 15h Pr, 5d FW

Number of credits

 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Emmanuel Jehin

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course mainly concerns the participation of students from our master 1 or master 2 in Space Sciences or from the master AERO, spatial orientation, to a mission of 5 nights of observation at the Observatory of Calern (Nice, France). 
A presentation of the instruments that are available and their characteristics will be given early in the course. We shall then proceed with reminders about coordinate and photometric systems currently used, atlases and interesting celestial object catalogues. The students will then have to write an application form for observing time including a scientific justification and a technical feasibility study. This mission will generally take place over one week of holiday (cf. after the first exam session) but it could also be organized during another week dedicated to the master program, or during the week of Carnival holidays. Students will then reduce their data and present a critical analysis of their work in the form of a scientific paper. A brief presentation of the results will also be given by the students in English.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To be capable of writing an application for observing time with one of the instruments available at the foci of the telescopes of the Calern Observatory (France). To reduce and analyse the collected astronomical data. To write a scientific paper and to present in English the results in front of a small audience.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

There will be first 5 hours of introduction and reminders about the coordinate systems, photometric systems used in astrophysics and instruments available at the Calern Observatory, followed by 20 hours of practical work by the students (writing of an application form for observing time, 5 nights of observation at the Calern Observatory, reduction and analysis of the collected data, writing of a scientific paper and oral presentation of the main results).

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

5 hours of introduction will be taught on the Sart Tilman Campus in a class room to be announced later.

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes will become accessible via the link http://www.aeos.ulg.ac.be/teaching.php
 Some reference books are also mentioned in the lecture notes.

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation will essentially be based upon the content of the application form for observing time, the involvement of the student during the observations in Calern, the resulting written scientific paper and its presentation in English.

Work placement(s)

A stay of 5 nights at the Observatory of Calern (Nice, France).

Organizational remarks



J. Surdej (Full Professor and F.R.S.-FNRS honorary research director) surdej@astro.ulg.ac.be
Olivier Absil (Research Associate F.R.S.-FNRS) Absil@astro.ulg.ac.be
Lindsay Marion (FRIA PhD student) Lindsay.Marion@ulg.ac.be 
Maxime Devogèle (assistant ULg) Devogele@astro.ulg.ac.be
Bikram Pradhan (boursier WBI) Pradhan@astro.ulg.ac.be(Ricci@astro.ulg.ac.be )
Secretary (Mrs Sylvia Grandjean) (Ricci@astro.ulg.ac.be)Sylvia.Grandjean@ulg.ac.be
Institute of Astrophysics and Geophysics, ULg, Allée du 6 Août 17, Bât. B5c, B-4000 Sart Tilman (Liège) - Tel.: 04/366 97 83 or 9755, Fax: 04-366 97 46 http://www.aeos.ulg.ac.be

Items online

Lecture notes: Mission of astrophysical observations
Lecture notes will become available via the link indicated below: