WARNING (2010): In the autumn of 2010 a malicious hack of the UVA astronomy
web server resulted in the loss of all of the course materials (and backups)
for this class, including these lecture notes, which are the product of 15 years
of development by the author. Through painstaking and costly
efforts, we are attempting to reconstruct what has been lost. You may find
that many links and figures are missing. Use at your own risk. Please be
patient while we work through this.
The lectures in this class are meant to provide background material
needed to undertake the required and most of the elective lab exercises.
The lectures will be topic-oriented and will be timed loosely
to follow the progression of lab exercises.
To help you coordinate the
material, notes for the lecture presentations will be posted
here, usually the day of the relevant lecture. Most will be in
HTML format for easiest retrieval over the Web, but you may need an Adobe PostScript or Acrobat reader for some
To take full advantage of the notes, you should print out a hardcopy
of each guide before the lecture, read it over, and bring it to class
with you. DO NOT USE THE DEPARTMENT PRINTERS FOR THIS!!
Some sets of notes will have good coverage of the lecture,
but others will hit only the main points and some of the more important
figures. You should plan to fill in the other presented material with
your own notes.
Web links to other useful information or pertinent illustrations are
included on the guides and on the ASTR 3130 Web
Links page. You are encouraged to use these to make the subject
matter more interesting or clear...but you are not required to know
any of this additional material (unless discussed in class).
Regardless of this generous posting of lecture material, you
should plan on attending all lectures.
These notes have been made for the private, non-commercial use
of students at the University of Virginia. The notes have been left
on the internet for the noncommercial benefit of others. This material
is copyrighted. Please respect the many years of work put into these notes
and have the courtesy to ask permission before using them for any commercial or
non-commercial public use.