Actueel Onderzoek Project

Clusters of Galaxies

The Coma Cluster of Galaxies
courtesy: Omar Lopez-Cruz & Ian Shelton

What is the Astronomy Research/Actueel Onderzoek Project?

Modern Research (Introductory Astronomy 2B) is a course given at the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen intended to introduce students to the concepts and methodology of modern astronomical research. The course has traditionally had lecture, problem-solving, and practical components. Some years ago a small experiment was performed: students were asked to formulate and answer an astronomical question by making use of recent bibliographic and web-based astronomical information. At the end of the experiment, the students linked the knowledge that they gained to the rest of the ``Web world.'' The method was deemed so successful that it now one of the primary modes of instruction in Introductory Astronomy Curriculum at Kapteyn Institute, replacing problem-sets and the original practical components (which have moved to other courses.)

What is the Purpose of the Research Project?

Why use the Web?

Web links:

The Coma Cluster of Galaxies
Optical (left) and X-ray (right)

Research Topic Spring 2003:

Clusters of Galaxies

Subjects to be addressed, listing:

1 Cluster Identification and Catalogues
2 Cluster Morphology
3 Cluster Galaxy Population
4 Hot X-ray emitting Intracluster Medium: Thermodynamics
Hydrostatic Equilibrium
Cooling Flows
5 Intracluster Medium: Enrichment
6 Gravitational Lensing: Strong Lensing
Weak Lensing
7 Clusters Kinematics and Mass Estimates
8 Clusters and Cosmic Structure Superclusters
Cosmic Web/Foam
9 Clusters and CosmologyCluster Population & Cosmological Characteristics