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Engineering at the SOAR Telescope in Chile

I recently participated in an engineering trip to the SOAR Telescope in Chile, where I helped with numerous maintenance and upgrades for the Goodman Spectrograph.

Adventures in Astrostatistics: Astrobites at SAMSI (Part 2/2)

Part two of our recap of the “Modern Statistical and Computational Methods for Analysis of Kepler Data” workshop in North Carolina, featuring both astronomers and statisticians!

Adventures in Astrostatistics: Astrobites at SAMSI (Part 1/2)

A recap of the “Modern Statistical and Computational Methods for Analysis of Kepler Data” workshop in North Carolina, featuring both astronomers and statisticians!

50 Years of Planetary Science at Caltech

Lots of people said lots of interesting things during the anniversary celebration for Caltech’s planetary science department.

AAS Astronomy Ambassadors and You

Graduate student Meredith Rawls tells us about the AAS Ambassadors program and her experience as part of the inaugural class of Astronomy Ambassadors. The application deadline for this year’s class is coming up on Oct. 18th.

Interactive astronomy software produced by graduate students

We asked each student in our Harvard AY201b course to develop an online software module that they could use to teach their peers, and other students around the world. See the amazing results!

Why do you love astronomy?

Most astronomers that I come across on a daily basis – be them undergraduate students, graduate students, or professors – have a never-ending love for astronomy. It can be seen in the late nights worked and their incessant need to talk about their research. I think all authors, here at astrobites, fit this category well. We love astronomy. We love doing research and we especially love talking about it. So I wanted to dedicate a post to this single question: why do you love astronomy? Here’s what a few of the authors have to say.

Astrobites on the Ice, Part 5: South Pole Station

I’m spending a month at the South Pole working on a CMB telescope. In this last post, we tour South Pole Station and run a race around the world!

Why I left research for education

I recently decided to leave astronomy research to pursue only education. This is the story of how I got here.

Astrobites on the Ice, Part 4: A Day in the Life

I’m spending a month at the South Pole working on a CMB telescope. In this installment, I measure the telescope’s sidelobes and close up a receiver.

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