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A New Beginning

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 26•13

Today, I was looking forward to talk to Professor York about the graphs I created during the previous workday. And, coming up to him to talk about my data, I was absolutely positive that this would be my research question for the presentation. We spent about the first 45 seconds out of our half hour-long conversation discussing the data I collected. The rest went off in directions I haven’t previously considered at all.

The new things we talked about were even more exciting than what I had planned. From a simple data analysis question, the Professor and I began talking about how we can use redshift to determine the velocity of a galaxy, and how our newly created graphs reflected the nature of galaxy formation in the universe. I am very thankful for Professor York’s time, and for the opportunity he gave me to make my own conclusions rather than just feeding me information.

Now, I’m absolutely positive that this will be my new research topic. That is, until I have another chance to talk to Dr. York.

Blast! Movie Trailer

Written By: Julia Brazas - Jul• 26•13

I love this documentary on building and launching a balloon-based instrument.  Caution: the movie contains a few bad words, but I believe these are removed from the trailer.

Questions, Questions, Questions

Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 25•13

Today we received talks given by two people. The first speaker is from the UChicago College Admissions and she was giving us tips on how to write a stellar college application while the second speaker was from UChicago College and was offering us a chance to take undergraduate classes at the university. It wasn’t until after they were done talking that I have questions I want to ask them so hopefully I can get their emails and contact them.

We also started working on our presentations today an we have a lot of questions we want to answer. The questions are ‘Why are QSOs mistaken for stars?’, ‘Why do blue objects appear red and vice-versa?’, and ‘What are some of the similarities between AGNs and QSOs?’. I have a feeling that when we start to answer these questions, we will just end up with more questions than before.

Graphing and fixing the data.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 25•13

Today we were fixing our data on the galaxies. A question came up and we used the data to make a graph to get an answer. The question is “Do galaxies that are far away, look small but are bigger than the ones we see closer and look big but are small change the redshift and petroRad_r in the data?” The graph showed that most were all together so it did not have a difference between the close and far galaxies.

Woah there! Christian and Maya!

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 25•13

What a pleasant surprise we had today! Today a speaker came in to talk to us about opportunities to take college level classes at the university of Chicago!

That wasn’t the best part though.
Take a look at a picture on the flier they handed to us:

Woah there! Christian and Maya are on the flier!
WPCP swag XD



Written By: Malek Sarhan - Jul• 25•13

Today we did a lot of things. We took data from the SDSS and we made tables and graphs comparing two different pieces of information. I compared two things one was the relation between Petro-rad or size to redshift and also magnitude or model mag to redshift.



Great day :D :O :P

Written By: Tania Romero - Jul• 25•13

Today we were graphing data for our presentation on Tuesday so I expect to have interesting information to tell others. Admission speaker came in today and gave us important information about college and also how we can take college class here at the University Of Chicago . Plus it’s free so that awesome ! . I hope everyone applies because it’s a great opportunity to start early.


Written By: Hannah Tomlinson - Jul• 25•13


Today I was on the SDSS website and I found a strangely huge quasar. The petroRad is 106.727, and the z is 1.123. I asked about it, and Mrs. Barge said that it is located about half the universe away from earth. I found another quasar that’s z:2.295, so it is even farther away from us. It amazes me how something can be so far away and yet it can be so bright that we can get images of it. Science is cool

Unexpected Results

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 25•13

During the work time today, I was lucky to have Mr. Lyons sit with me to discuss my data. Similarly to my initial findings, plotting out the full data set showed that galaxy size does not affect brightness. That is,bigger galaxies are not necessarily brighter.
There was, however, an unexpected result. We found that, on average, the galaxy brightness tends to correlate around luminosity 10, regardless of the galaxy size. I’ll be looking forward to discuss this result with Professor York tomorrow. Hopefully, we’ll be able to come up with an explanation.

Student Presentations – Here’s the Plan

Written By: Julia Brazas - Jul• 25•13

On Tuesday, July 30, we will all meet together for final presentations.  The morning session will be held in Kersten room 206.  After a catered lunch, we will relocate to Kersten room 105.

Students will make 10-minute presentations about their research. Presentations can be created using Prezi app or other format and should include the following:

  • Research Question
  • Vocabulary
  • Methodology
  • Data
  • Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Further Research Questions
  • Resources (e.g., bibliography/webliography)

Please use “comments” if you have questions so that everyone can share in the information.

The Beauty of the Universe

Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 24•13

As a response to Julia’s question, I got into astronomy at an early age. I was about eight at the time and while skimming through my science textbook, I was awed by the images of our universe. I never imagined that there would be objects like this in our night sky and because of that, I was inspired to learn more about our universe and how it works.


Written By: Tania Romero - Jul• 24•13

Today we were gathering data of our galaxy and looking closer to it .There was many interesting things while collecting data today .Tomorrow a college admission speaker is going to come tomorrow and I’m very excited. I got interested in science in just looking at the night sky and asking question why things occur. Then at school, I learned many things that explain why things happen.

Gathering more data.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 24•13

Today we gathered more information for our data graph. That is all.

Eyes can be deceiving

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 24•13

A galaxy could look red to the human eye but is actually red according to the spectrum show in the graphs and the u-r, the color could be blue! And vise versa!

What we see can be deceiving!

A blue galaxy and a red galaxy!


Questions on Questions on Questions

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 24•13

Based on an initial data analysis of my small data sample, I hypothesized that the answer to my guiding question (Are all galaxies the same size?) is no. Tonight I’ll check this hypothesis against the full data set we collected as a group.
The most interesting thing about science, however, is that answering a question leads to even more questions. I now want to investigate the relationship between galaxy size and brightness. Thankfully, Professor York helped me account for the different distances between the galaxies so I can now directly graph brightness vs. size.
I’ll be looking forward to sharing my results with the class in the coming days.