Astro 1 Spring 2023


Curriculum for Astro 1 Spring  2023

Class: TTh 2-3:15 in Broida 1610

Lectures will generally be placed on Gauchospace and all announcements will be there as well

Due to the large class size please direct inquiries to the teaching assistants (TA’s)


Faculty – Prof. Philip Lubin

Office 2015 C Broida

Dr. Giovanni Strampelli


Office hours – M 5-6 in Broida 3302

Finals Schedule –

Final – Tue June 13, 4-7 PM


Contact: Please contact the TA’s first to work out any issues due to the size of the class. I do not have any add codes. 

For add codes you need to contact the Physics department undergrad advisors:



Wang, Zhencheng

Kawai, Hiroki

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Please check the APOD every day:



Universe – Geller, Freedman and Kaufmann 11th ed

You need to purchase 1 term of Achieve for HW to gain access to do the HW.

We are not able to cover the entire textbook in 10 weeks but will focus on specific topics.

It is critical to get access to the Achieve HW as a part of the book (ebook or hardcopy)

Astronomy is extremely dynamic as you may have seen recently with POSSIBLE evidence for life (Phosphine biomarker molecule detected)in the atmosphere of Venus, recent gravitational wave detection’s, asteroid threats, new exoplanets etc. 


Resolving Gauchospace Issues

If you are having issues with Gauchospace, please reach out to the Gauchospace team on campus.

UCSB Gauchospace Technical Support – Contact us: Submit a Help Ticket
(805) 893-HELP (x4357)

How do I access course materials in GauchoSpace? – Help (


Homework – The online HW is posted on the Achieve website.

For reference the course code is A3KTAQ

If you are having trouble accessing the Achieve HW area – Student Access Help:

iClicker – Once you can access Achieve find the Gradebook area (left side) which will then prompt you to enroll your iClicker/iCloud account.

If you are having trouble with iClicker use the Achieve HW area – Student Access Help:


Final Schedule:

Midterm – Tue May 9 – covers chapters 4,5,6 and 25 as well as my lecture notes.

Final – Tue June 13, 4-7 PM

Please check this site and Gauchospace (primary site for class related communications) frequently for updates.