- Physics 391: Astronomy I
- Physics 392: Astronomy II
- Physics 393: Observational Astronomy
- The MacKenty Prize in Astronomy
This introductory course emphasizes the observational aspects of astronomy. Topics include the relationship between the earth and the sky, the exploration of the solar system, the nature and distribution of stars and galaxies, and the origin of the universe. Practical work is done at Grainger Observatory, located on the Exeter campus. Students use a variety of telescopes at the Observatory to make their own observations and measurements. Prerequisite: one year of physics or chemistry. Open to Uppers and Seniors (Lowers with departmental permission). Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring Terms.
This course examines selected topics of special interest in astronomy and astrophysics, including variable stars and binary star systems, stellar spectra and photometry, astrophotography, and solar-system studies. Students use the full range of equipment at Grainger Observatory, located on the Exeter campus, and pursue independent projects of their own choice. Prerequisite: Astronomy I or departmental permission. Open to Uppers and Seniors (Lowers with departmental permission). Offered: Winter Term.
This course provides students who have successfully completed an introductory course in astronomy with the skills necessary to participate in and contribute to observational programs in astronomy. The course emphasizes the practical and computational skills used to make precise measurements of astronomical phenomena. Students work at Grainger Observatory, located on the Exeter campus, and study the work in progress at other observatories and research centers. Prerequisite: Astronomy I. Open to Uppers and Seniors (Lowers with departmental permission). Offered: Spring Term.
The MacKenty prize, established in 1990, is awarded each year to the senior who has made significant contributions to the study of astronomy. The award is announced at the Prize Day assembly and is usually in the form of a book. While the manner in which they have chosen to contribute has varied, most of these students have been involved in proctoring at the observatory or making an outstanding contribution to the astronomy classes or making the Astronomy Club active. Some have had long standing service (2 years is not uncommon) and some haven't had quite as long but have been impressive in their stays.