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Streak of lights over Pacific Northwest was Falcon 9 rocket debris

Dr. James Davenport, research assistant professor of astronomy at the UW and DiRAC associate director explains the current event in the KING 5 news coverage.

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Top-End Assembly (TEA) on the Summit

A major milestone was reached in the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory last week. See the VIDEO here. The “Top End Assembly”, which holds the secondary mirror (M2), was lowered into place within the massive enclosure.

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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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Astronomers document the rise and fall of a rarely observed stellar dance

A team led by Dr. James Davenport, analyzed more than 125 years of observations of HS Hydra, and showed how this system has changed dramatically over the course of just a few generations.

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2020-11-9 Seminar: Federica Bianco

DiRAC is pleased to welcome Federica Bianco to the department (virtually) to give a DiRAC Seminar on Monday Nov 9 at 10am PST.  DiRAC Seminars are appropriate for students and researchers at all levels who are interested in astronomy and/or data science,…

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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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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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