About the course
The course consists of an introduction to modern astronomy with a focus on physical understanding. It starts with a broad overview of the properties and content of the Universe, next to discuss how observations give us information about the Universe and its evolution. After this the course treats the basic physics in astrophysics, such as radiation laws, gas laws, atomic and nuclear physics. This is applied first to stars, their formation, evolution and ends, followed by planetary systems and exoplanets. Next, the fundamentals of galaxies and galaxy clusters are discussed. The course ends with the foundations of modern cosmology.