TÄHT7034 Galactic astronomy 5 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Pekka Heinämäki, Roberto de Propris
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
Preceding studies
Bachelor level studies in astronomy

Learning outcomes

The student should be able to understand the relation between stars in our Galaxy and the universe of Galaxies. The course builds and furthers the arguments made in the Stellar Structure and Evolution course, and connects stellar evolution, stellar atmospheres and other subjects to the broad Galaxies and Cosmology course. The student should be able, at the end of the course, to understand the broad problem of Galactic archaeology and "near field cosmology" and apply this knowledge to current research.


Galactic astronomy. Stellar populations. Discussion of the Galactic disk, bulge and halo. Globular clusters. The Local Group. Observational and theoretical avenues.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 28 h 0 h

Exercises + Reading of relevant and modern literature, independent study of special topics 12h

Teaching language


Modes of study

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

Class contribution. Homework and review writing. Final exam to be a take-home funding/observing proposal.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

3. year spring
4. year spring
5. year spring

Study materials

Lecture notes and articles from the astrophysics literature.
Richard Bowers and Terry Deeming: Astrophysics II, Caroll & Ostlie: An introduction to modern astrophysics 2nd ed.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Physics Education Track
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Theoretical Physics
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