ASTR 412 Solar Physics (W)

Last offered Spring 2014

We study all aspects of the Sun, our nearest star. We discuss the interior, including the neutrino experiment and helioseismology, the photosphere, the chromosphere, the corona, and the solar wind. We discuss the Sun as an example of stars in general. We discuss both theoretical aspects and observational techniques, including work at recent total solar eclipses. We discuss results from current spacecraft, including the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), the Solar Dynamics Observatory, and Hinode (Sunrise), as well as additional Total Solar Irradiance measurements from ACRIMSAT and SORCE. We also discuss our data analysis of recent transits of Mercury across the face of the Sun and the 2004 and 2012 transits of Venus across the face of the Sun as observed from Earth, the first such transits of Venus since 1882, as well as our work in observing transits of Venus from Jupiter with the Hubble Space Telescope and from Saturn with Cassini.
Class Format: tutorial; students will meet weekly with the professor in groups of two or three to discuss readings and present short papers
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on four 5-page papers, discussions, and presentations; students will be expected to improve their writing throughout the course, with the aid of careful editing by and comments from the professor
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: ASTR 111 (or ASTR 101 and either 102 or 104 with permission of instructor) and a 200-level PHYS or ASTR course
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3007
ASTR 412 TUT Solar Physics (W) Division 3: Science and MathematicsWriting Intensive Jay M. Pasachoff
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