Stars and Galaxies Lecture

Prof. Dr. Gerd Ganteför

Tuesday 1:30-3:00  p.m.

Friday 1:30-3:00  p.m.



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The lecture deals with the basics of experimental astrophysics. It begins with the properties of the earth such as its internal structure and orbital parameters. Then the journey continues to the moon and the neighboring planets Venus and Mars. The pictures of the gas giants Saturn and Jupiter and their moons are fascinating. The sun is a typical star of the main sequence of the Hertzspung-Russel diagram. We then leave the solar system and explore our galaxy, the Milky Way. There are billions of galaxies similar to ours and they are arranged in filaments and clusters. In between are the voids, gigantic large empty regions. The Big Bang theory can explain many of these observations, but much is left unclear. The lecture closes with a discussion of the open questions of our worldview.


Due to the current situation the tutorials will be held online via Cisco Webex.

The registration for the groups will be made via ZEuS. The following dates are available: 

Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday 3:15-4:45 p.m.

The exercise sheets will be published on ILIAS every Tuesday. 

The sheets will consist of tasks and presentations. The content of the tasks (and the content of the lecture) will be queried via a quiz in the tutorials. Every week one of the students will give a presentation for about 15-20 minutes. Therefore, we kindly ask you to get to know Cisco Webex.

Examination requirements:

- 50% correct quiz answers ,

- give a presentation,

- regular participation at the tutorials.


The type of exam depends on your examination regulations (ECTS credits).

- M. Sc. (10cr): 45 minutes oral exam

- B. Sc. (8cr): 30 minutes oral exam

- M. Ed. oder B. Ed. (bei 2x4cr):  30 minutes oral exam

- M. Ed. oder B. Ed. (bei 1x4cr): presentation in the tutorial will be graded.