Based on colour alone, can we distinguish between a rocky, icy and gaseous planet?
Last week in Austin, Texas I attended SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation for the very first time. Here’s a quick summary of my experiences and a few tips on how to survive big conferences.
Imagine going from having data on 250 white dwarfs to almost 14,000 overnight… Thanks to the latest Gaia data release, this dream became reality, allowing astronomers to look for patterns in the local white dwarf population for the very first time.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s…still unclear. Today’s paper tackles the ever-growing problem of satellite identification in space with a very clever solution.
To provide insight into a typical week in my life as a grad student, I kept a record of my daily activities. How does it compare to your own?