33-124 Introduction to Astronomy (for non-majors), Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2013
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the science of astronomy, starting with a brief historical overview and ending with state-of-the art knowledge about our universe at present day. Astronomy, one of the oldest sciences, has at least 3000 years of recorded history in the middle east, starting in Mesopotamia, but most of the other ancient cultures (China, Greece, Egyptian, Maya, Inka) have all studied the movement of the stars. Major topics will include an overview of the Solar system and the motions of object through the sky. You will see how astronomers observed planets, stars and galaxies and analysed data throughout history, using improving equipment. Learn about our own Sun and other stars found in our galaxy, the Milky Way, but also take a grand step outward and explore the nature of other galaxies populating our Universe.
33-101 Astronomy Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2013
The labs will expand your understanding of the course material by introducing additional concepts and give practical examples. In the lab classes you will learn about astronomical techniques using simulated observation on computers. Also, you will carry out observations of celestial objects using a telescope. As part of the lab you will have to write reports on an experiment, communicate the process, results, and conclusions to a reader not necessarily familiar with the experiment.
During the night lab sessions, students will carry out observations of celestial objects using a Meade LX200 8" telescope. Night labs are subject to sky conditions. Students are introduced to the process of making astronomical observations.
Community Observation Nights
Community Observation Nights are a chance for students, faculty, and staff to come observe the night sky through the university telescope and see celestial objects that they otherwise might not get to see. I also provide a narrative of what we're observing and am open to any questions.
AS1001 Astronomy & Astrophysics I, University of St. Andrews
Elementary course about the structure of the observable universe and our position within it. The course covers an overview of the following subjects: The Solar System, Stars and Elementary Astrophysics, The Milky Way Galaxy, and Cosmology.
Teaching assistant, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010
Teaching Astronomy tutorials in undergraduate level courses. My duties included small group tutoring and grading assignments.
Lab demonstrator, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009
Running lab sessions, instructing students in the laboratory classes, and grade their lab books.
Student ResourcesCelestia Stellarium Moon Phases Space Weather
Community Observing Night at Qatar University
Student image of Saturn through the Meade LX200 8" telescope with an iPhone.