Posts made in January, 2011


Apologies for the lack of astronomy in this post. I just spent 6 hours trying to set up a server, and most of that time was spent fussing needlessly. No one should need to repeat my endeavors, so…. I’m taking what I learned and blogging it to save any poor souls who may be repeating what I do. These instructions should work for any OS X / linux system. Goal: Setup on EC2 an Ubuntu server configured to run PHP software on...

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AAS Poster: Tweeting Astronomy


Posted By on Jan 12, 2011

Back in October when AAS abstracts were due, I decided to submit something that would force me to think, program, and do something just for fun and not for grants. My original idea was to (utilizing Many Eyes and Processing) do a data visualization of how all the followers of many different astronomy tweeting groups are connected. Why? Two reasons: I wanted to know how much we are just talking to ourselves (if all of my followers...

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AAS, editorial in time ownership


Posted By on Jan 11, 2011

Yesterday I took several pages of notes on the Kepler results (Kepler 10b in particular) and once I have time to chew through those notes I’m going to put together a longer blog post. One thing that occurred to me earlier today is that I’m just not able to write at these meetings the way I used to, and I actually want to write about that. This is a Seattle meeting of the AAS. This conference rotates between four sites...

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Cassini entered orbit around Saturn in 2004 after a roughly 7 year journey through the solar system. For 5.5 years it has weaved through the Saturn system, in an orbit that has carried it near the moons and over the plane of the disk. Through all of its imaging it has done a whole myriad of science, but at the core of this body of work has been the pursuit of information regarding how are the rings maintained and how do the evolve...

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