Category: Interesting activity


2021-03-08 Seminar: Jeffrey Regier (University of Michigan)

When: Monday, March 8th, 2021 Where: Join Zoom Meeting: https://washington.zoom.us/j/96005249441 Variational Inference for Cataloging the Visible Universe A key task in astronomy is to locate astronomical objects in images and to characterize them according to physical parameters such as color, apparent…

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Eyes to the sky: Vera C. Rubin pipeline facilitates astronomy’s move to big data, from Science Node

DiRAC Researchers featured in Science Node Eyes to the sky: Vera C. Rubin pipeline facilitates astronomy’s move to big data by August Reed “Stories of the single-handed contributions made by astronomy’s greats conjure images of lone figures leaning over telescopes, peering…

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2021-02-08 Seminar: Bruce Conway (UIUC)

When: Monday, February 8th, 2021, 2020   Where: https://washington.zoom.us/j/96882498511 Interplanetary Spacecraft Trajectory Design and Optimization There are many types of interplanetary trajectories; e.g. 2-impulse Hohmann transfer (Mars and Venus missions) , impulsive + gravity assist (Galileo & Cassini), impulsive + low-thrust electric…

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2020-12-14 Seminar: Angus Wright

When: Monday, December 14th, 2020  Where: https://washington.zoom.us/j/91798174425  Optimising Direct Redshift Calibration for Tomographic Cosmic Shear Comparisons between cosmological parameters from tomographic cosmic shear measurements and the cosmic microwave background reveal some tension between the amount and clustering strength of (predominantly dark)…

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Google Summer of Code With DiRAC

It was a great learning experience for me as I learned a lot about the Jupyter Ecosystem and remote collaborative work.

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Photometric Biases in Modern Surveys

Precise brightness measurements, or photometry, are essential for many areas of astronomy. DiRAC Postdoctoral Fellow Stephen Portillo, together with collaborators Joshua Speagle and Douglas Finkbeiner, published the  paper “Photometric Biases in Modern Surveys” which illustrates a measurement bias that is common…

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Studying the first-known asteroid to orbit the Sun closer than Venus

DiRAC research scientist Sarah Greenstreet recently published a paper on the orbital stability of the first-known asteroid discovered on an orbit entirely interior to the orbit of Venus. Greenstreet and colleagues were the first to predict that such asteroids should…

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Watch DiRAC Scientists on the Asteroid Day TV

Last year, Asteroid Day celebrated their Fifth anniversary, with events in 192 countries. In the next few days, Asteroid Day TV is broadcasting asteroid related programming from Discovery Science, TED, IMAX, BBC, CNN, The European Space Agency (ESA), the European…

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DiRAC & Astronomy on Tap Seattle Present: ASTRONOMY AT HOME

Next, February 11, 2021 at 7:00pm! Streaming from DIRAC YouTube channel https://dirac.us/yt

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2020-5-14 Colloquium: Abigail Stevens

When: Thursday, May 14th, 2020 @ 3:30pm Where: via ZOOM Mapping Matter in Strong Gravity: Spectral-Timing of Black Holes and Neutron Stars One of the best laboratories to study strong-field gravity is the inner 100s of kilometers around black holes…

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