Astronomy 353 Light: From Earth to Sky

Tentative Course Outline

Introduction

Physics of Light

Electromagnetic Radiation
Emission spectra
Radiometry
Photometry

Optics

Reflection
Refraction
Diffraction
Optical Instruments
Fixture Optics
Atmospheric Optics

The Human Eye

Evolution
Physiology
Acuity
Adaptation

History of Lighting

Modern Lamp Technolgy

Incandescent
High Intensity Discharge
Low Pressure Sodium
New Developments

Lighting the Built Environment

Aesthetics
Lighting Design Software
National Lighting Standards and Practice
Safety and Security

Environmental Impact of Lighting

Human Hazards
Flora
Fauna
Astronomical Observatories
Sustainability

Lighting Ordinances and the Political Process

Arizona
Albemarle County

Graded Activities

Midterm
Final
Short Research Paper

Required Activities

Nighttime Lighting Tour
Tour of Hubbell Lighting Facility, Christiansburg, Va