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Course Postgraduate
Semester Sem. I
Subject Code ESA611
Subject Title Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics


Sky coordinates and motions: Earth Rotation - Sky c oordinates - seasons - phases of the Moon - the Moon's orbit and eclipses - timekeeping (side real vs synodic period); Planetary motions - Kepler's Laws - Gravity; Light & Energy - Telescope s - Optics - Detectors; Planets: Formation of Solar System - planet types - planet atmospheres - extrasolar planets; Stars: Measuring stellar characteristics (temperature, distance, luminosity, mass, size) - HR diagram - stellar structure (equilibrium, nuclear reactions, energy transport) - stellar evolution; Galaxies: Our Milky Way - Galactic structure - Galactic rotation - Galaxy typ es - Galaxy formation; Cosmology: Expansion of the Universe - redshifts - supernovae - the Big Bang - history of the Universe - fate of the Universe.

Text Books

Same as Reference

  1. BW Carroll & DA Ostlie, An Introduction to Moder n Astrophysics, Latest Edition, Addison-Wesley.
  2. Frank Shu, The Physical Universe, Latest Edition , University Science Books
  3. Martin Harwit, Astrophysical Concepts, Latest Ed ition, Springer.
  4. T. Padmanabhan, Invitation to Astrophysics, Late st Edition, World Scientific Publishing Co.
  5. T. Padmanabhan, Theoretical Astrophysics vols 1- 3, Latest Edition, Cambridge University Press.
  6. Malcolm Longair, High Energy Astrophysics, vols 1-2, Latest Edition, Cambridge University Press.
  7. Sparke and Gallaghar, Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction, Latest Edition, Cambridge University Press.
  8. Dina Prialnik: An Introduction to the Theory of Stellar Structure and Evolution, Latest Edition, Cambridge University Press