Introduction to Astrophysics and Earth Observation


Astrophysics - 10h

  • Scales in the Universe: mass vs size, Heisenberg limit, Schwarzschild limit.
  • Stars: star formation, H-R digram, nucleosynthesis, stellar evolution, supernova, white dwarf, neutron star, stellar black hole
  • Galaxies: classification, spiral & elliptical galaxies, formation, galactic black hole, galaxy interactions
  • The universe: history, content of the universe, Hubble expansion, BBN, CMB
  • Instrumentation in Astrophysics: telescopes, multi-wavelength observations (from gamma-rays to radio waves)

Earth observation - 10h

  • History of Earth observation
  • Concepts of Remote Sensing
  • Energy sources and Radiation Principles
  • Concepts of Digital Image
  • Reference data
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Notions about multispectral, thermal, and hyperspectral sensing
  • Notions about microwave and lidar sensing
  • Applications of remote sensing