ASTR 333/433 - Dark Matter

Relevant texts
Fall 2013
MT 4:00-5:15 PM
Sears 552

Prof. Stacy McGaugh
stacy.mcgaugh [at]
Sears 573

office hours
W 3:00-5:00 PM

Galactic Dynamics
Binney & Tremaine
B&T errata

Galactic Astronomy
Binney & Merrifield
B&M errata

Galactic Astronomy
Mihalas & Binney

Galaxies in the Universe
Sparke & Gallagher

Galaxy Formation & Evolution
Mo, van den Bosch & White

Particle Dark Matter
G. Bertone et al.

Modern Cosmological
Observations and Problems

G. Bothun

The Dark Matter Problem
R.H. Sanders

(on reserve)

Course News

Thanks to everyone for a great semester!
Have a good break.

Final exam results:
ASTR 333 (50 possible): median: 33. high: 44. low: 27.
ASTR 433 (55 possible): median: 45. high: 53. low: 42.
Graded finals are available for pick-up outside my office.

Addendum to Homework 4 solutions:
It occurs to me that FFDDs will be moving at Galactic velocities (~ 200 km/s) rather than solar system velocities (a few km/s). Consequently, they will do more that produce a fireball when the hit the atmosphere. They will have about one kiloton equivalent of TNT in kinetic energy to dissipate. So it wouldn't just be raining donkeys, it would be raining tactical nuke donkeys. This wouldn't be a direct threat to life - most would detonate in the upper atmosphere, like the recent Russian meteor - but you'd definitely notice if one fell nearby.

Course Links

Lecture Slides | Review Literature
Work | Homework 1 | Homework 2 | Homework 3 | Homework 4
Course Description | Course Poster

Useful Links

Some useful numbers.
Astronomical magnitude systems.
ADS (the NASA Astrophysical Data System), an excellent way to search the literature.
arXiv e-print archive (astro-ph). Most physics & astronomy papers appear here as preprints.
Level 5, an Extragalactic Kowledgebase at NED.