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On the Eighth day of research, my Data gave to me….

Written By: Sydney Ford - Jul• 24•13

Today we worked on our data for our projects. While I was looking through the spectra I noticed that some of the types/classes said that there was a star burst or a star forming, I also found a quasar that said broadline and went over what broadline meant with Professor York.
I still have to come up with a question for my project, so I will work on that for now.




Data Day!

Written By: Sariaya Phillips - Jul• 24•13

Today was also another productive day with Astros. We spent time collecting data and putting it in google docs sharing our information with one another!


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.

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?


7th day Tuesday

Written By: Jessica Mendoza - Jul• 23•13

Today we had the opportunity to listen to Vickram about X-rays and how it works. I learn about Chandra it took about 30 years to launch also I learn about Nustar it was launch last year on June13 2012.



Corny Space Jokes

Written By: Lena Sarhan - Jul• 23•13

I sense this blog page needs some jokes. So here is something to make you smile 🙂

Q: What is a spaceman’s favorite chocolate?
A: A marsbar!

Q: Why did the sun go to school?
A: To get brighter!

Q: How do you know when the moon has enough to eat?
A: When it’s full

Q: what do you call a tick on the moon?
A: A luna-tick

Q:What kind of music do planets sing?

Q: What’s a light-year?
A: The same as a regular year, but with less calories.

Q: Why did the cow go in the spaceship?
A: It wanted to see the mooooooon!

Q: What do planets like to read?
A: Comet books!

Day 7

Written By: Lena Sarhan - Jul• 23•13

Today we listened to a lecture about X-ray astronomy, I had the chance to learn more about the history of X-ray astronomy. I also learned that it takes a very long time to send a telescope to space. It took about thirty years to send Chandra to space. I also collected more data from the SDSS database. I think tomorrow we will be analyzing this data. Can’t wait!!

X-ray lesson

Written By: Tho Nguyen - Jul• 23•13

Today we get to know more about X-ray such as how X-ray is formed, its characteristics and what it is good for thanks to Vickram. We also see various telescopes and beautiful images captured by them. The last thing is keep collecting the info from yesterday.


Back at it again!

Written By: Sariaya Phillips - Jul• 23•13

Hello Astros, today was also a very productive day as we listened to the X-ray specialists Vickram. He enlightened us on xRays and specifically the long formulas and many projects built in xRays to discover more. Overall it was very useful.


Day Seven

Written By: Sydney Ford - Jul• 23•13

Today we discussed X-rays in more detail. Here are the notes that I took.
Vikram Dwarkadas
What are X-rays
-Highly energetic form of light, not visible to human eyes
-Emitted by objects at temperatures>1 million degrees
Energetic phenomena temperatures of million degrees(very large gravitational potentials:BH, clusters of galaxies)
Wein’s law
Looking for the source of X-rays
X-rays are absorbed more by bone than skin, so the bone seems lighter
Intervening objects (like gas, interstellar medium, etc.) may absorb some of the X-rays
Low energy photons combined with high energy electrons can make X-rays
(Charge exchange)
Gas origin:
-Mass ejected by old stars
-Gas falling back on the galaxy
Gas heating mechanism:
-Shock heating
-AGN feedback?
Bremsstrahlung (braking radiation)
X-rays do not reflect off mirrors like optical light
X-rays absorbed by the atmosphere:
-X-ray astronomy only began in 1960s
-Can only observe using balloons, satellites



Pay back

Written By: Jonathan Flores - Jul• 23•13


Diving into the Universe

Written By: Sariaya Phillips - Jul• 23•13

Today was definitely very productive and exciting. The class of astronomers listened to Professor York talk about the SDSS website and showed us how it was useful. Afterwards we all did an activity that gave us a more insight of the galaxies and stars in space.! Here’s a sneak peak..Today was definitely very productive and exciting. The class of astronomers listened to Professor York talk about the SDSS website and showed us how it was useful. Afterwards we all did an activity that gave us a more insight of the galaxies and stars in space.! Here’s a sneak peak..