Course description

The course consists of an introduction to modern astronomy with an emphasis on
physical understanding. The course will first give a broad overview of the properties and constituents of the universe, and thereafter describe how to observationally obtain knowledge about the universe and its evolution. The course deals then the fundamental physics in astrophysics, such as radiation laws, gas laws, atomic physics and nuclear physics. This is first applied on stellar evolution and the final stages. Then galaxies and clusters of galaxies are discussed The course ends with the basics of modern cosmology.


Angela Adamo, 08-5537 8556,

Course literature

Maoz, D., Astrophysics in a Nutshell (second edition), 2016, ISBN-13: 978-0-691-16479-3


Oral presentation and written examination.


Lecture room FC61, floor 6, AlbaNova University Center, Roslagstullsbacken 21


The course will be given in the first half of the autumn term, week 36 to week 44 of 2018. The detailed schedule will be published closer to the start of the course.

Note that this is a preliminary schedule which might be subject to minor changes during the course. Such changes are communicated by the teacher and will generally not be reflected on this page.

L = Lecture, E = Exercise