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THURSDAY new location

Written By: Mitch Marks - Jul• 24•13

For the 12:30 session tomorrow (Thursday, July 25) we will be meeting not in the usual building KPTC, but instead in a computer lab in

  Room 018 of BSLC (Biological Sciences Learning Center)  

We will tell you more about the location and make this announcement, at today’s session (Wednesday).


Update!  The 12:30 session will begin with a meeting with a representative from The College Admissions office. (At the BSLC computer lab).  At 3:00 in Kersten there will be a representative from College Bridge, another program.

Sticky: Blog on this: How did you get interested in science?

Written By: Julia Brazas - Jul• 23•13

In many of the interviews we’ve conducted for the lessons, scientists we spoke with invoked Sputnik or the Apollo Program as watershed moments in their lives when they got turned on to science.  In recent years a few researchers have tried to determine whether this is also true for the Hubble Space Telescope, to no avail.  I have come to believe that the success of space science outreach over the last 20 years has actually rendered these “national moments” to be invisible to us, so we can not pinpoint the impact as precisely.

In terms of technology use we speak of millennials, or digital natives.  Is the same true for space science?  Perhaps pretty pictures from space have become so common in the visual culture that their connection to scientific research is now taken for granted, and the watershed moment no longer exists.  Or does it?

How did you get interested in science?


Fun facts I learned today

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 23•13

Rods and cones can only detect visible light wavelengths


Is something is moving in a circle it is accelerating, even if it keeps a constant speed, because it is changing direction

Supernova shocks go as fast as several million times the speed of sound

These shock waves are natural particle accelerators that have much more potential than any human made practicle accelerator

Thirty years can waste your life


Mr. Vikram

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 23•13

Today Mr. Vikram talked to us about X-ray astronomy as well as the some telescopes and history of X-ray astronomy.


Written By: Hannah Tomlinson - Jul• 23•13

Today when I was recording data on galaxies I found some ‘Galaxy Starforming’ and some ‘galaxy starburst’ s.

A human’s life does not have a lot of 30 years

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 23•13

Great speech today! Mr. Vikram
I loved your speech today. It was well structured and, in my opinion, this was my favorite lecture.
There were a lot of facts that stimulated my curiosity today, and I will submit a separate post about them later.

However my main concern is when you said that some of these construction projects take as long as 30 years! Even worse a person could spend 30 years of his life building this object only for it explode or malfunction immediately after launched.

Chinese people have a saying:
Which translate to a question “how many 10 years do humans have in their lifespan?” which basically means “life is short, make the most out of it”.


Of course, If you do a project that you’ll dedicate 10 years of your life in, you should hope that it doesn’t just spontaneously combust in the end of it all. Yet some of these astrophysicist risk losing not 10, but 30 years of their lifetime dedicated to one project that could’ve be constructed in vain. That really takes nerves of steel, in my opinion.

Quote by David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas)
“What you did would’ve amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean”
“Yet what is any Ocean, but a multitude of drops?”


Battle of the Apps!

Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 23•13

Which app is more superior than the other? Find out now!

Many many things out there

Written By: Malek Sarhan - Jul• 23•13

Today we learned a lot about X-ray astronomy from the university of Chicago from professor Vikram Dwarkadas. We learned about Chandra which is NASA’s X-ray telescope. Did you know it took about thirty years to make!!!! People don’t have many thirty years in their lives. But they knew it was for a better cause. Lets thank all of the astronomers who have devoted their lives to answering questions that have puzzled human intellect for ages. That’s all for now
– Malek




A Project To Last A Lifetime

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 23•13

Today, Vikram Dwarkadas gave us an entirely new perspective on the field of astronomy. In talking about the Chandra satellite telescope, he said the project took nearly 30 years to complete, from its conception in 1970 to the launch in July of 1999.
This really put all of the work scientists do into perspective for me. Someone devotes their entire life to one project, and most cannot be salvaged if something goes wrong after the initial launch. Those moments after lift-off must be the most stressful in the scientist’s life, watching your life’s work get truly tested for the firs time.
I struggle to imagine the emotions a scientist must feel if his or her project fails after so much time was dedicated to it.

Surveying the night sky

Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 22•13

Today we got to use the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to gather information for our project. I’ve managed to find several galaxies, stars, and even a few quasars which was surprising. The more galaxies I catalog, the more I wonder if we will ever visit these galaxies.imageimage

Using SDSS data.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 22•13

Today we gathered data on galaxies such as coordinates, petroRad_r, modelMag_r, z(redshift), and zErr using the SDSS data.


Using SDSS data.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 22•13

Today we gathered data on galaxies such as coordinates, petroRad_r, modelMag_r, z(redshift), and zErr using the SDSS data.



Written By: Hannah Tomlinson - Jul• 22•13

Today we started to record data about galaxies. I learned that 68% of the universe is made up of dark energy and 27% is dark matter

Don York

Written By: Malek Sarhan - Jul• 22•13

We learned so much today, we learned about SDSS which is a huge archive of data of the sky in which hundreds of thousands of galaxies are found, we learned about this by the main man himself Din York, who helped make it. And we were able to experience SDSS and record our own data, that’s all for now
– Malek

How It All Began

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 22•13

Earlier today, Professor York took us on a trip back to the very beginnings of the universe. We knew that the basic building blocks of space were stars and galaxies, but what came before them? At the very beginning, there was only dark matter and one basic force we experience every day: gravity.
Because dark matter has mass, its gravity affected the dark matter around it, clumping together. These clumps grew and grew and eventually pulled in atoms to make clusters we describe as galaxies. The earliest galaxies became breeding grounds for stars.
Thus, from the basic combination of matter and a simple physical force, the universe has grown to become what we see today.