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A Brief Guide to Stumping A Teenager

Earlier today, the NASA All-Stars tried to build their own spectrometers. What could be easier? All they needed to do was punch some shapes out of cardboard and tape down some flaps. Basic stuff, right? Oh how wrong they were. Here are teenagers who know all the tips and tricks to an iPad. They were […]

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FINALLY: some arts and crafts

Wow, that was a weird day today! Take a look at the beautiful picture my spectroscope established! The spectroscope I created without WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE INSTRUCTIONS. I calibrated it by looking through the lens of the finished same and eyeballed roughly where the scale started and ended (boundaries) within the spectroscope Eventually I learned […]

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Spectroscope and more.

Today, Mr. Harvey Moseley talked to us about spoke to us about the James Webb Space Telescope. We also created a spectroscope which is really cool to look at light and see different colors.

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Spectrosity

Check out what light really looks like!

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Harvey Moseley

Today we had the opportunity to speak with X-Ray specialist Harvey Moseley here are some facts from his lectures he enlightened us with. • 5 years is average life of a telescope. • That is not a lot of time so scientists need to find new ways to get data faster and make satellite as […]

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Wave to Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft will be taking a picture of Earth through the rings of Saturn at 4:27 PM today.  Say cheese and smile between 4:27 and 4:42.   More information about this event is available on the NASA website: The First Interplanetary Photobomb  

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Today, we received a lecture from Dieter Hartman on gamma rays and it was a real honor to learn about GRB from him. Later that day we used something known as Galaxy Zoo to classify galaxies found from the Hubble Space Telescope and SDSS, which I’ve had previous experience using. Although most of the images […]

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On the (De)Merits of Citizen Science

Earlier today, we took part in one of the largest crowdsourcing experiments in the world. Working through the Galaxy Zoo website, we put on our lab coats to classify galaxies, stars, and the occasional green screen with red lines on it. Doing this work, it really made me feel good. It made me feel like […]

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Galaxy zoo

Today we skyped with Dieter Hartman. I learned a lot about about gamma radiation and gamma ray bursts. Then we learned how to classify galaxies, and classified some online. The first picture is one of the galaxies that I classified. I thought it looked like Yoda’s lightsaber. Some of the galaxies were much easier to […]

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Galaxy Zoo and more.

Today, Mr. Dieter Hartmann spoke to us about gamma rays. I learned a couple new things about gamma rays. We also started on Galaxy Zoo which is about how to tell the differences in galaxies.

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Following up on Dieter’s Talk

You may find these enlightening, given Dieter’s talk today: Gamma-Ray History Stirling Colgate tells the story of how his hunch about supernovas shaped both the future of gamma ray astronomy — and world peace. Gamma-Ray Tools Neil Gehrels explains how he went from making music to building the detectors that give us our first alert […]

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Galaxy Zoo

Hello all, just finished classifying galaxies in galaxy zoo. Galaxy zoo is an awesome tool for young astronomers to use to help classify different galaxies. You distinguish between galaxies with spirals and bulges. Overall galaxy zoo is an A+ tool that should be used by people all over.

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Post your follow-up questions for Dieter Hartmann here

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Gamma Eyes

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Astronomical extremes: forces that shape the universe

The most fascinating exciting things I’ve learned in the NASA program thus far are the extremes that occur in space. Extreme velocities Jupiter, saturn, other planets and objects: things that move with such velocity that it creates distortions in light wavelengths called redshift and blue shift. Extreme masses Black holes. A result from explosive supernovas […]

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