Astronomy 4410 - Experimental Astronomy

A hypothesis or theory is clear, desirable and positive, but it is believed by no one but the person who created it. Experimental findings, on the other hand, are messy, inexact things which are already believed by everyone except the person who did the work.
     -- Harlow Shapley, Through Rugged Ways to the Stars

Count what is countable, measure what is measurable, and what is not measurable, make measurable.
     -- attributed to Galileo Galilei

warning Please note that these pages refer to the 2006-2014 version of the optical half of Experimental Astronomy taught by Don Barry. For 2015 and beyond, contact the current instructors.

Astronomy 4410 introduces students to topics of observational astronomy in optical and radio wavelengths as a hands-on laboratory, using the resources of the Cornell Hartung-Boothroyd observatory.

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