Course content

The course gives a simple and popular overview of astronomy/astrophysics. Recent results in this rapidly developing field are emphasized.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the night sky as seen from Earth, and the historical development of the heliocentric world view.
  • Explain phenomena as solar and lunar eclipses, and the tides.
  • Describe the solar system and the different classes of objects belonging to it, and understand models for how it and other planetary systems formed.
  • Understand the Sun and other stars, their formation and evolution.
  • Describe the different types of galaxies and their physical properties.
  • Describe the Big Bang model of the evolution of the Universe, and understand the arguments for dark matter and dark energy.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

None beyond basic study requirements.

Overlapping courses

3 credits overlap with AST2000 – Introduction to astrophysics


The course will run for the first 11 weeks of each semester with 4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of colloquia each week.


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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language