Category: Newsletters


Letter From the Director

Welcome to the DiRAC Institute newsletter. As we head towards the winter solstice, if you were lucky with the clouds and the near full moon, you may have seen the Geminid meteor shower which peaked early in the morning of…

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Meet DiRAC’s Research Team: Dr. Kyle Boone

Understanding why the expansion of the universe is getting faster with time is one of the biggest mysteries in cosmology today. Kyle Boone, a fellow at the DiRAC Institute, focuses his research on developing novel statistical methods for astronomy and…

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DiRAC Researchers Present at the AAS Meeting 2020

Searching for Boyajian’s Star Analogs with the Zwicky Transient Facility The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) survey is a treasure trove for time domain science, and members of DiRAC’s Time Domain & Inference group are collaborating to comb through some 200…

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LSST Data in the Clouds

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is an upcoming sky survey that aims to conduct a 10 year long survey from which we hope to answer questions about dark matter, dark energy, hazardous asteroids and the formation and structure of…

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Spearheading Precision White Dwarf Seismology with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

DiRAC Fellow Keaton Bell is coordinating an international collaboration of asteroseismologists to study the brightness variations of pulsating white dwarf stars recorded by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is capable of much more than its name…

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DiRAC’s Machine Learning Book gets a 2nd Edition

DiRAC faculty Zeljko Ivezic, together with DiRAC Institute Director Andy Connolly and collaborators Jacob Vanderplas and Alex Gray, have just published an updated edition of their book “Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy: A Practical Python Guide for the Analysis…

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Letter from the Director

Welcome to our second DiRAC Institute newsletter! The image above shows the solar eclipse that passed over the LSST site on July the 2nd. This remarkable event culminates a number of important milestones for the LSST over the last year….

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DiRAC Scientists at the Asteroid Day 2019

During the last week of June, Asteroid Day celebrated their Fifth Anniversary in 2019, with events in 192 countries, and once again broadcast their six-hour Asteroid Day LIVE TV show from Luxembourg, hosting innovators, astronauts, planetary scientists, celebrities and asteroid…

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Meet DiRAC’s Research Team: Dr. Sarah Greenstreet

Sarah Greenstreet’s research interests involve orbital dynamics of small bodies in the Solar System. This includes studying the long-term evolution of asteroids in the inner and outer Solar System as their orbits change over time and determining their potential to…

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DiRAC Astronomers On Call: Chasing Gravity Wave Sources Using APO

The last prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity was the observation of gravitational waves emitted by two coalescing black holes, and yet again Einstein was proven to be right. Thanks to LIGO/Virgo instruments, we can now test General Relativity in the…

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