2013 Student All-Stars One

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Hmm what to blog about?

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 22•13

I’m thinking, I’m thinking…..

In the meantime I’ll submit this post first


SDSS Galaxy Data Entry FORM

Written By: Mitch Marks - Jul• 22•13

Here is the link for the Famous Places-based survey:


Click here for entry form


A Brief Guide to Stumping A Teenager

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 19•13

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 selected as some of the brightest minds among a pool of applicants to this NASA-sponsored program. Yet, a simple piece of cardboard is their kryptonite. In light of recent events, I present to you A Brief Guide to Stumping A Teenager: (more…)

FINALLY: some arts and crafts

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 19•13

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 that the correct way of calibration was to position the scale so that the green line is on the dashed line. However, my spectroscope was decently calibrated already 😛

No offense guys, people of group one, but I think I took the best picture 😉


Spectroscope and more.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 19•13

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.



Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 19•13

Check out what light really looks like!image

Harvey Moseley

Written By: Malek Sarhan - Jul• 19•13

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 efficient as possible.
• One of those ways was using a micro shutter.
• Moseley quotes, “the best inventions are the ones that recover the best from those inevitable failures.”
• Took a lot of practice and I provision to perfect observing with a 12 inch telescope on an aircraft.
• It may even be a better alternative to use a hit air balloon because you can get up to 100,000 feet as opposed to 30,000 feet with an aircraft.
• KOA was a predecessor of SOFIA Which is a different aircraft with a telescope except that KOA’s telescope was .9 meters while SOFIA’s was 2.5 meters


The correct apps to buy

Written By: Malek Sarhan - Jul• 19•13

Microsoft apps have been proven better then other apps. For example there have been previous posts about how other apps are better but the author gave no evidence.
For example
Notes: noteworthy is horrible compared to what you can do with one note for example after every letter you type it automatically saves to skydrive. Also if you have a Microsoft app all your apps sync together and go hand in hand to give you a better experience.

Memory: sky drive is way better then google drive and Dropbox. Although Dropbox is a worthy opponent, it is a great app, but the way Microsoft set up there apps and email is in a way that you can access many things with one account. You can get your documents even on an Xbox!!! As well as free gb as opposed to google and Dropbox in witch you pay for upgrades.

One Microsoft account can allow you to access a plethora of features like office 365 Xbox and much more.

Dictionary: dictionary.com is a great app. I agree Webster is good but dictionary.com is way better here’s why. Mercian Webster cares more about the money for example you have to pay for a subscription on their website instead of the free dictionary.com also a lot of English words are there on dictionary.com. While most of websters archive is in an app that costs $12!!!!!!!!!!!! Also when you get the free dictionary.com it comes with thesaurus so it’s a two in one to get things done faster. Finally dictionary.com poses a modern look and in all makes defining words easier with less headache so you can get back to what you were doing. While Webster has an outdated un appealing look.
Go with the facts and get the right apps.
– Malek




Wave to Saturn

Written By: Christie Thomas - Jul• 19•13

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


Lets App Battle!

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 19•13

Get Dropbox! Every other copycat sucks.

Merriam-Webster is much better than dictinary.com

Google drive
Notability (best app for notes)
TI-nspire CAS (expensive, but best calculator)

Walking dead (free)
Zombieville 2
Dumb ways to die (free)

dirty birds

Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 18•13

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 displayed were normal, there were a few images that looked quite abnormal.

On the (De)Merits of Citizen Science

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 18•13

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 I was contributing to something truly special. It also made me horrified. (more…)

Galaxy zoo

Written By: Hannah Tomlinson - Jul• 18•13


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 classify though.


Galaxy Zoo and more.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 18•13

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.

Following up on Dieter’s Talk

Written By: Julia Brazas - Jul• 18•13

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 to the most explosive events in the universe.