Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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TÄHT5006 Astrophysics 2 5 op
Organised by
Person in charge
Pekka Heinämäki
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X
2015–2016 X
Preceding studies
TÄHT5001 Astronomy 1
TÄHT5002 Astronomy 2
Basic astronomy courses

Learning outcomes

After the course the student can explain the dynamics and morphology of the Milky Way and can derive the total (luminous and dark) mass of the Milky Way from its rotation curve. The student will be able to describe the evolutionary processes of different types of stars and galaxies. She/he can perform basic calculations on the dynamics of galaxies and their clusters and can show that they contain dark matter. The student can explain the meaning of the galaxy correlation function and the galaxy power spectrum. The student can present the basic evidence for the standard cosmology and can explain why dark matter and dark energy are required observationally and theoretically. The student can derive theoretical relations between basic quantities of the Friedmann model. She/he can derive intrinsic properties of distant galaxies (e.g., sizes and luminosities) from their observed properties. The student can explain how the cosmic background radiation's power spectrum is related to the parameters of the standard cosmological model.


The structure and dynamics of the Milky Way, galaxy classification, stellar evolution, galaxy evolution, Local group, galaxy groups and clusters, the large scale distribution of galaxies, galaxy correlation function and the matter power spectrum, extragalactic distance indicators, cosmological redshift and the Hubble law, Friedmann cosmological models and classical cosmological tests, dark matter, dark energy, cosmic thermal background radiation

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 28 h 0 h
Exercises 12 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

Minimum 1/3 of exercises and the final written exam

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
+compensation from exercise activity

Recommended year of study

3. year spring

For international master students, 1st year of studies, period IV.

Study materials

Lecture notes. Recommended reading B. Carroll & D. Ostlie: An introduction to modern astrophysics 2nd ed - (Pearson 2007)

Belongs to following study modules

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