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Astronomy 3130 Lecture Notes

Spring 2015

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.

WARNING (2015): Another malicious hack of our webserver has resulted in our department web server being shut down for security reasons. Please be patient while these pages are migrated to a new server.


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 material.

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.




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