128.028 Astronomy - an Overview
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2018W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Aim of course

Theoretical and Intuitive Understanding of Astronomical Events at the Sky and in the deep Universe comprehending the scientific (natural philosophic) developments which startet e.g. by THALES of Milet or PTOLEMAIOS ... via KEPLER or NEWTON ... up to PLANCK or HUBBLE ...
Discussing the split-up of Astronomy into 10-20 special disciplines (1850-2000) and 50-100 different measuring techniques from classical visual telescope to Spectroscopy, Röntgen Astrophysics, CCD and Space techniques.
Learning facts on Sun and its energy sources, Solar system, Planets (espec. Mars, tectonics, atmospheres, space probes), Asteroids and possible danger for life on Earth, meteorites & comets, interstellar dust, solar wind...

Stellar physics (spectroscopy etc., HR diagram, star development, giant & dwarfs), Variables, Pulsars, Novae & Supernovae, black holes, galaxies, supergalaxies etc., Cosmology and related questions (big bang vs. bible? Close or open Universe...) and some Philosophy, Astrology, Life in the Universe etc.

Subject of course

see german content

Additional information

beginning on Friday 6.10.2017, 10:00 bis 11:45, Seminar 124 (Trakt CB Gußhausstr.27, 3.Stock).



Course dates

Fri10:00 - 12:0005.10.2018 - 25.01.2019Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Thu19:30 - 21:3013.12.2018 1020 Praterstern, beim RiesenradPlanetarium Sonderführung (gratis), Dr. Feuchtinger
Fri13:30 - 15:3014.12.2018Seminarraum 124 VO (Merkur bis Erde)
Thu17:00 - 19:0017.01.2019 1180 Türkenschanzstr.17 (Eingang Sternwartestr.), Foyer der Sternw.Sonderführung Univ.Sternwarte (Prof.Th.Posch); nur für UE-Teilnehmer Pflicht
Astronomy - an Overview - Single appointments
Fri05.10.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri12.10.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri19.10.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri02.11.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri09.11.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri16.11.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri23.11.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri30.11.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri07.12.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Thu13.12.201819:30 - 21:30 1020 Praterstern, beim RiesenradPlanetarium Sonderführung (gratis), Dr. Feuchtinger
Fri14.12.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri14.12.201813:30 - 15:30Seminarraum 124 VO (Merkur bis Erde)
Fri21.12.201810:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri11.01.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Thu17.01.201917:00 - 19:00 1180 Türkenschanzstr.17 (Eingang Sternwartestr.), Foyer der Sternw.Sonderführung Univ.Sternwarte (Prof.Th.Posch); nur für UE-Teilnehmer Pflicht
Fri18.01.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture
Fri25.01.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 124 Lecture

Examination modalities

oral (at special questions evtl. freehand sketches or short calculations)

If interested in small Astro projekts (visual and CCD-Astrometry, Zenith Camera, GPS navigation, evt. Asteroids) or a Bachelor thesis, please contact me after a Lecture.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
05.09.2018 00:00 21.11.2018 23:59

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Beob.Übung 9.10., 18:45 (ab 8 TN)06.10.2018 10:0009.10.2018 17:00
Beobachtungsübung 5.10. (13 TN, erfolgreich)03.10.2018 14:0005.10.2018 16:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 421 Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering 1. Semester
ALG For all Students


Lecture notes for this course are available, actual during the lectures (Basis for lecture Oct-Dec), Price € 5,--

1) J.Herrmann "Astronomie" (dtv Nr. 3006, incl. star atlas), 15. Auflage, München ~2008 (basis for the lectures Dec-Jan.), via Internet (remittants) ~5-10 €
... or A.Hanslmeier "Faszination Astronomie" (Springer 2015), eBook ~20 € 

2-5) Additional literature see german list "Literatur".

Previous knowledge

usual physics

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses