Monthly Archives: January 2016

Astronomy in Seattle: 2015 AAS Conference Day 1

  From January 4th through 8th, 2015, I travelled with four of my students to Seattle to present posters at the American Astronomical Society Conference. Our experiences will be detailed in the next several posts. Not many high school teachers … Continue reading

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Making Spectral Energy Distributions

During our training at Caltech in the summer of 2014, my NITARP students and I learned how to create spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of our target K-giant stars. I wanted to develop a more general lesson plan for my astronomy … Continue reading

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The Distance Modulus Method

One of the fundamental requirements for astronomy to work as a science is the need to accurately measure the distances to objects. Astronomers have developed a series of methods for measuring stellar and cosmic distances, which fit together and inform … Continue reading

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Turning Infrared Images into Representative Color Photos

  ┬áDuring fall semester, 2014, I taught the first half of a year-long astronomy course. This semester focused on constellations, cosmology, galaxies, and stars, whereas winter semester will focus on planetary science and the solar system. Because of my work … Continue reading

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