Virtual Astrophysics Lab

Virtual Astrophysics Lab

Familiarity with the night sky
To become familiar with the astronomical objects visible to naked eye in the night sky using the software Stellarium. You will create a night sky map at different times. In the map you will identify astronomical objects such as planets, stars, nebula, mil
Becoming Familiar with Constellations
To become familiar with the Constellations in the night sky using the software Stellarium. You will learn to identify the constellations at different times (10 PM and 12 midnight) in the night
Retrograde motion of Mars
To identify the retrograde motion of Mars with respect to the Background stars
Study of Solar spectrum
In this experiment you will study the solar spectrum taken from space and on Earth. You will identify some prominent spectral lines and determine their equivalent width. This will be used to estimate the column density of corresponding ions or atoms con
Spectral classification of stars
This experiment is to get familiar with the spectra of different stars. You will be provided with a large sample of spectra from different stars. You will randomly select five stars from this sample. Then, you will identify the spectral lines in each of
Extracting position of a Star
This virtual experiment will be performed using stellarium. We shall use the declination, hour angle and the time readings provided by the software and ignore all other readings.
Astronomical distances using Cepheid variables
This experiment will illustrate how to use a type of stars called Cepheid Variables to measure astronomical distances.
Proper Motion of Barnard's Star
To measure the Proper Motion of Barnard's Star
Identification of a Circumpolar Star
To Identify a Circumpolar Star
Colour Magnitude Diagram
This experiment is to determine the distance and age of a cluster of stars using the measured values of apparent visual magnitudes, mV, and the color index, B-V, for several stars within a cluster.
Orbital Inclination
To extract the orbital inclination of a planet with respect to orbital plane of earth.
Planetary Distances
To Measure the distances of planets in our Solar System.
Distance to the Moon
To measure the distance to the moon using parallax method.
Observer Location Determination (Under Construction)
To Determine the observer's location by means of the stars and their co-ordinates.
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