2013 Student All-Stars Two

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Day 3

Written By: Lena Sarhan - Jul• 17•13

Today was an eventful today. Professor Woolf spoke with us today, and we learned a lot.
His favorite project was the little balloon telescope. He worked on it with Bill Harding. He enjoyed building it. Professor Woolf said it was fun to have something little to hold in your hand. And it was something very new. He found something with it.

The most challenging project, he said, is to observe planets around empire stars and look at either their spectrum or even make images of them. It very challenging because of the light contrast. The stars are 10 billion times brighter than planet, so it’s hard to see planets. Infrared is better but u can’t see angular resolution.

Day Three

Written By: Sydney Ford - Jul• 17•13




Today we had a discussion on telescope plates.

Looking for stars?

Written By: Jessica Mendoza - Jul• 17•13



Nick Woolf

Written By: Jessica Mendoza - Jul• 17•13

Nick is a very nice guy, I like the way he explain all the things he did and I love how many have interesting questions!


Nick Woolf: An Inspiration

Written By: Lena Sarhan - Jul• 17•13

I recently read about Nick Woolf, and I find his story very inspiring. One thing that caught my attention was his job. He knew he wanted to be in the astronomical field, however, he did many different things in that field. He worked with optics, infrared, and now astrobiology! I personally love science, and I feel that maybe I can do one job in and scientific field, and then move on with a different one. I’ve always been interested in medicine. I could become a doctor, and then use that with astronomy. Mae Jemison went to medical school and practiced, but then she became the first African American woman in space!

Questions for Nick Woolf

Written By: Vicky Cao - Jul• 17•13

What do you think was the hardest part in creating the MMT? Why?

Which was the most interesting part?

Would you have done anything differently in your process? Why or why not?

After having done such a successful project, what is your next big thing?

Nick Woolf – a true scientist

Written By: Tho Nguyen - Jul• 16•13

In his story, Nick Woolf talked about his life and the path led him to astronomy. 3 things I’ve learned from him is his motivation to his career, his researches about galaxies, and his well-known telescopes. The story reveals Nick to be a motivated and talented person. Despite the hard conditions in life, he overcome and turned out to become a successful and admirable scientist. He did not choose astronomy at first; what he liked is electrics. But when he went further into research, he figured out his interest in astronomy, which was still new and few people recognized at that time. He persisted in doing his researches and even created many great telescopes. Interferometer, which was built at Lick observatory, was able is watch spectral light. Not stop from there, he made big progress in building Stratoscope I and II to prove for his observations. He was interested in stellar dynamics topic so he observed the fact that matter being ejected from stars. Stratoscope II and infrared ray did help him to find out interstellar dust, which originated the stars, and the appearance of large amount of water vapor in cool giant stars.
What I love about his story is that he proves to us what a real scientist is. Nick put a lot of efforts and made commitment to every research he does. He went to many places, collaborated with many qualified scientists and researchers to help expand knowledge of astronomy. He seems to work tirelessly to develop information about the stars and other stuff out side out Earth. We are lucky to have such a dedicated scientist like him.
My question is about building telescope. How could he make one meanwhile he did not learn anything about creating a machine? I think astronomy is just making researches and explores about the galaxies, it has nothing to do with building telescope, doesn’t it?

3-2-1! Nick Woolf

Written By: Jessica Mendoza - Jul• 16•13

Three things I learn about Nick Woolf:
-He grew up during the Depression, he had a poor education because his parents had to move from one place to another.
-she was impact by a newspaper, when he was traveling on the London Underground before WWII he saw somebody with a newspaper that had an article about how people go on a rocket ship to the moon.
-He built many telescopes like the Interferometer, Stratoscope I and II.

Two things I found interesting:
-He learn by going to the library and read complete publications of the Mount Wilson Observatory.
-He study many subjects.

“Just because you are ignorant does not mean you should be quiet”- Nick Woolf

Astros Take off in 3…..2…1!!!!

Written By: Sariaya Phillips - Jul• 16•13

While reading the article on Nick Wolf thrare things I learned was that he lived during the London bombing, how coll is that! Wolf also built an interferometer at Lick, which was able to see the spectral lines. Did you know gravitate all interactions among stars can change the typical positions of stars within the cluster, depending on theirs mass? Well heavier stars would sink to the center , lighter stars would be thrown outside.

2 things I wound interesting:

-1962 Wolf worked on the Stratescope 2 which was flown by balloons!!

-There is NO water ice in interstellar dust


1 question:

Dear Mr. Wolf, while creating these amazing types of telescopes, did you ever consider creating one that you can you I under water… Lets say in the ocean?

Great presentation!

Written By: Jonathan Flores - Jul• 16•13

Today we were introduced by professor York. I learned many things from him like how a telescope doesn’t use lens but instead it uses mirrors. Many questions were asked. Another thing I learned was how a black hole is small. Over my free time, I decided to create cool images using tools in my FREE iPad mini




Day Two

Written By: Sydney Ford - Jul• 16•13

Today we had a presentation from Don York about the telescope and how it was made and used. We also touched up on our understanding of quasars, the Hubble Space Telescope and SDSS. (their purpose and how they contributed to the question: Are galaxies in clusters or equally distributed?)

Something we learned

Written By: Lena Sarhan - Jul• 16•13

Something we learned during Professor York’s lecture!