Posts made in June, 2008


The Science of Galaxy Zoo


Posted By on Jun 29, 2008

Monday night Chris Lintott, another researcher and journalist and an all around cool guy, is going to be giving a talk here at SIUE (please come if you are local – more details and links to maps here). For those of you not in a position to drive to Southern Illinois, please watch the talk on this site or over on Chris’s site. Free Videos by...

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Yesterday I spent the day at the MidAmerican Regional Astrophysics Conference. This year this roaming astronomy meeting was held just outside St Louis at St Charles Community College. I have to say I was really impressed with the quality of the presentations and the staff took care of me extraordinarily well. One of the ones that particularly caught my attention was on the use of didymium filters to minimize the effects of sodium...

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In case you haven’t heard, NASA has come out and stated that the Phoenix Lander has found ice on Mars. The little lander dug a cute little trench with its shovel and uncovered some white stuff that over the course of several days disappeared in a manner consistent with water ice sublimating (changing from ice to gas) and that was inconsistent with dry ice sublimating. Let me state for the record that watching ice on Mars...

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Summer “vacation” is turning into a busy series of talks and conferences. Luckily, I’m not the only one doing all the talking. On Monday June 30, Chris Lintott, the man behind Galaxy Zoo’s ongoing goodness, will be visiting me here in Edwardsville so we can work on some plans for IYA. (Image above of Chris and I at the end of a very long but good day at AAS. And yes, I’m just that short.) As part of his...

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As a researcher, I have to admit that I have been a bit unfocused, or perhaps dually focused is a better way to put it. My first research gig was doing a Quasar survey at 17 using a 6-meter optical telescope. My next job had me working in radio on T Tauri variable stars at Haystack observatory using VLA data. These two projects set me up for a lifetime of intellectually ping-ponging between radio emitting galaxies (which lured me into...

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