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Joel Kastner

Professor

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

585-475-7179
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Joel Kastner

Professor

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

Education

BS, University of Maryland; MS, Ph.D., University of California

Bio

585-475-7179

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Currently Teaching

ASTP-891
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
ASTP-791
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
ASTP-890
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-790
1 - 3 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-608
3 Credits
This course will provide a basic introduction to modern astrophysics, including the topics of radiation fields and matter, star formation and evolution, and stellar structure. This course will provide the physical background needed to interpret both observations and theoretical models in stellar astrophysics and prepare students for more advanced topics and research in astrophysics.
IMGS-890
1 - 6 Credits
Doctoral-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
IMGS-891
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
IMGS-112
3 Credits
This course provides an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental science goals driving the development of contemporary astronomical imaging systems and the basic principles and concepts underlying those systems. Students will investigate the world's most powerful telescopes and cameras presently operating in the realm of human vision, as well as systems that image the “invisible”, by tapping the infrared, X-ray, and radio regimes of the electromagnetic spectrum. Laboratory exercises familiarize students with basic visualization, manipulation, and measurement of real astronomical images (drawn from major-facility archives) that span these regimes. Students will also get a glimpse of the future of astronomical imaging. This course satisfies a General Education elective requirement in the areas of natural science inquiry, scientific principles, or science/math literacy. Math proficiency at college algebra level is required.

In the News

  • January 15, 2021

    side-by-side images of the Jewel Bug Nebula using different colors to highlight different areas.

    Astronomers dissect the anatomy of planetary nebulae using Hubble Space Telescope images

    Images of two iconic planetary nebulae taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new information about how they develop their dramatic features. Researchers from RIT and Green Bank Observatory presented new findings about the Butterfly Nebula and the Jewel Bug Nebula at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Friday, Jan. 15.

  • June 30, 2020

    planetary nebula NGC 7027.

    Astronomy Picture of the Day  

    NASA features an image of planetary nebula NGC 7027, captured by RIT professor Joel Kastner and his team, as its Astronomy Picture of the Day.