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DiRAC Faculty mentor a number of students at UW astronomy and physics departments. If you’re interested in graduate work in DiRAC, consider applying to become a graduate student at UW.


Sifting through the Static

November 22, 2021 | DiRAC News

Trans-Neptunian objects provide a window into the history of the solar system, but they can be challenging to observe due to their distance from the Sun and relatively low brightness. In the recently published paper, Sifting through the Static: Moving Object Detection in Difference Images, DiRAC researchers report the detection of 75 moving objects that […]

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Meet DiRAC’s Postdoctoral Fellow: Azalee Bostroem

November 20, 2021 | DiRAC NEWS

Bostroem Azalee (pronounced “OZ-a-lee”) is really excited to be in Seattle and joining DiRAC. She comes from a non-traditional career path, majoring in Mathematics at Vassar college where she also was certified to teach middle and high school math. A detour from those plans took her to San Diego State University for a master’s degree […]

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ParSNIP: Using deep learning to identify supernovae and probe dark energy

November 16, 2021 | DiRAC NEWS

DiRAC researchers are heavily involved in building the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, a new facility that is currently under construction in Chile. This observatory will feature the 8.4 meter Simonyi Survey Telescope and the world’s largest CCD camera which will scan the entire visible sky every three nights. It will discover and observe millions of […]

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Northern lights make appearance over Washington

October 12, 2021 | KUOW

Northwest astronomy fans got a treat Monday night as clear skies provided an excellent view of the northern lights over Washington state.

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Telescope Mount Assembly (TMA) Awakens

September 23, 2021 | Rubin Observatory

Great success for Rubin Observatory! On the summit, the Telescope Mount Assembly (TMA) began moving manually in azimuth and elevation on a thin film of oil in early September—for the first time since factory testing in Spain. You can see a video of this achievement on the Rubin Observatory YouTube channel.

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