Astronomy 3310 : Planetary Imaging and Remote Sensing

Fall 2015

Place and Time:
3rd floor of Space Sciences Bldg., Room 301
TR 1:25-2:40 pm
Prof. Alex Hayes
Room 412 Space Sciences Bldg. (x5-1712)
email: hayes at
Prof. James Lloyd
Room 230 Space Sciences Bldg. (x5-4083)
email: jpl at
Course Assistant:
Paul Corlies
406 SSB (x5-4709)
email: pmc232 at
Course Schedule:
See the detailed course schedule
Course Syllabus:
download here
Additional Readings:
Students will gain an understanding of and experience with the basic data reduction and analysis techniques used in modern solar system imaging studies.  Specifically, these include:
  • Familiarity with the MATLAB computer language
  • Characteristics of Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs)
  • Exposure to various spacecraft data and to different planetary images
  • Basic image display and manipulation
  • Derivation and plotting of image statistics
  • "Standard" image data reduction procedures and calibration
  • Study different types of measurements (astrometry, photometry, spectroscopy, etc.)
  • Basic coregistration and other geometric processing
  • Basic multispectral image analyses
  • Basic hyperspectral curve fitting/image analyses
  • Approach:
    The course will begin with a quick introduction to basic remote sensing and image processing concepts.  Subsequent lectures and weekly labs will focus on applications of these concepts to solar system imaging studies, and will cover data reduction, calibration, photometry, photogeology, multispectral imaging, and spectroscopy.  Labs will begin with introductory exercises designed to familiarize students with MATLAB, and then subsequent labs will involve accompanying development of students' own MATLAB programs.
    Requirements and Grading:
    Attendance at lectures is mandatory.  Readings are listed in the course schedule.  Students are expected to have completed the assigned reading before the listed lecture begins.  There will be 8 assigned laboratory exercises, each worth 15 points, and a final project worth 110 points (including 30 points for a final project proposal due mid-semester).  Cumulative attendance and participation in lecture and lab discussions are worth an additional 30 points, for a total possible course grade of 300 points.  Given the subjective nature of that last 30 points, you can imagine that it will be quite difficult to get an "A" without attending and actively participating in this course. There will also be two extra credit labs available that are worth 10 points each.
    Office Hours:
    Prof. Alex Hayes: TR 3:00 - 4:30 pm (412 SS)
    Prof. James LLoyd: TBD
    Paul Corlies: By Appointment

    Last modified: 21 August 2015 by Alex Hayes