Near Earth Objects (NEOs)
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
Module version of SS 2020 (current)
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|SS 2020||WS 2019/20||SS 2013||WS 2012/3|
MW1790 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|90 h||30 h||3 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
In addition, the methods and technologies for mitigation of danger, findings, contact, diversion and destruction of NEOs will be covered.
Furthermore, Engineering data and information sources such as national and international agencies (e.g. DLR, NASA, ESA), institutions such as universities, observatories and amateur groups will be covered.
The lecture is held in English and is divided into the following teaching units:
1 GENERAL INTRODUCTION (2 HOURS)
2 FROM OBSERVATIONS TO MEASUREMENTS (2 HOURS)
3 ORBIT DETERMINATION AND FIRST IMPACT WARNING (4 HOURS)
4 ASTEROID PHYSICAL PROPERTIES DETERMINATION (4 HOURS)
5 IMPACT EFFECTS AND CONSEQUENCES (2 HOURS)
6 MITIGATION AVOIDING AN IMPACT (4 HOURS)
7 WAR GAME: WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN IMMINENT IMPACT THREAT? (2 HOURS)
8 SUMMARY (2 HOURS)
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Near Earth Objects (NEOs)||
Fri, 12:15–14:15, MW 0234
and singular or moved dates
|UE||1||Near Earth Objects (NEOs) - Tutorial||
Fri, 14:15–15:15, MW 0234
and singular or moved dates
Learning and Teaching Methods
Description of exams and course work
In the exam it is checked that the students have both understood the theoretical basics and can apply them in practice. It is also checked whether the tools, methods and sources of information taught in the lecture can be combined and applied correctly.
Note in view of the limitations on university operations as a result of the CoViD19 pandemic: If the basic conditions (hygiene, physical distance rules, etc.) for a classroom-based examination cannot be met, the planned form of examination can be changed to a written or oral online examination in accordance with §13a APSO. The decision about this change will be announced as soon as possible, but at least 14 days before the date of the examination by the examiner after consultation with the board of examiners of the respective study program.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.