AST1010 – Astronomy - a Cosmic Journey

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course gives a simple and popular overview of astronomy/astrophysics. The main emphasis is on recent results in this rapidly developing field.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you will have knowlege of and can describe the night sky as seen from Earth, and the historical development of the heliocentric world view.
  • you will be able to explain phenomena as solar and lunar eclipses, and the tides.
  • you will be familiar with and can describe the solar system and the different classes of objects belonging to it, and understand models for how it and other planetary systems are formed.
  • you will understand the sun and other stars, their formation and evolution.
  • you will have knowledge of the different types of galaxies and their physical properties.
  • you will know and be able to describe the Big Bang model of the evolution of the Universe, and understand the arguments for dark matter and dark energy.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course requires no prior knowledge beyond Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Overlapping courses


This course has 4 hours of lectures and 4 hours of group sessions each week.


This course has a final written exam, 2 hours, which counts 100% towards the final grade.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course is taught during both spring and autumn semesters, and therefore does not offer a postponed examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 5:10:00 PM

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