Department of Astronomy and Space Science

ASTR 432

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Course No.

Course Title

No. of Units

Pre-requisites

Th.

Pr.

Credit

 

Astr 432

Spherical Astronomy (2)

2

3

3

Astr 331

 

Objectives of the course :

      The aim of this course is for an advanced study on the applications of the spherical trigonometry for positional astronomy .

Course Description:

      This course contains the following subjects : Occultation of the stars by the moon. Computational methods for the occultation. Solar and lunar eclipses. Proper motions of stars. Processional changes in proper motion. Methods for measuring stellar parallax and motions. Galactic coordinates. The effect of galactic coordinates on stellar proper motions. Applications of positional astronomy in navigation .

Main text and subsidiary books:

-          A Guide to the celestial sphere: 1996, James, B. Kaler. Amazon, USA .

Astronomy on the personal computer: 2000. 4th edition. T. Pfleger. Springer ,  Germany
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