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This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course gives an introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Learning outcome

It is anticipated that after this course the student have obtained a general overview of the subject astronomy, with quantitative understanding of some selected topics and qualitative understanding of others. This is reflected in the examination form where the student will be asked to answer different questions from the total syllabus. The student shall know how astronomers obtain knowledge about the universe studying the light we receive. He/she shall have knowledge about the instruments that are used. He/she shall be able to describe the physical processes that led to our solar system.
The student shall understand how stars are formed, their structure, evolution, and end using simple considerations with gravitation and modern atomic physics. This also applies for galaxies, cosmology and the possibility to find life in the universe. It is essential that the student learn to understand using physical reasoning.


The course starts with a description of the starry sky seen from the Earth and the historical development of our view on the world, and continues with the planets of our solar system and our own star; the Sun, the birth, structure, development and death of stars, the Milky Way Galaxy, other galaxies and cosmology.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Minimum prerequisites are Studiespecialisering og R1 + R2 (or similar) from high school. It is further an advantage to have taken FYS100 Physics and MAT100 mathematical methods 1.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FValid calculator.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Germano Nardini
Course coordinator
Germano Nardini
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

The course has 6 hours of lectures each week.
There will also be arranged a visit to the observatory belonging to Stavanger Astronomy Society, the planeterium in Sandnes, and an excursion one evening to observe some of the objects treated in the course.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Astronomy (BIT340_1) 10
Astronomy and Astro Physics (FYS220_1) 10

Open to

Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Usually performed though a questionnaire or discussion in accordance with Faculty standards.


B.W. Carroll and D. A. Ostlie: An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics.
Supplementary material provided during the course.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020