Category: Newsletters


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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Astronomical Extensions for Spark (AXS) allows cross-matching multi-billion catalogs

Modern sky surveys are producing astronomical catalogs with billions of stars and galaxies. What is often important for science is cross-correlating these catalogs and finding the matching objects in several catalogs so that new insights can be gained from all…

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Insights from MU69’s (Lack of) Craters

Recently, a team of scientists led by Dr. Sarah Greenstreet (B612 Asteroid Institute and University of Washington) conducted a study in which they made predictions for the crater count they expected to find on MU69’s surface. Dr. Greenstreet and collaborators…

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Letter From The Director

December 2018 Newsletter It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the first DIRAC Institute newsletter. It is hard to believe that the institute is only a year old and how much has happened over the last 12 months….

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DIRAC Researchers at the AAS Meeting

December 2018 Newsletter Researchers from DIRAC and LSST are gearing up for the annual winter American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting. This year, it will be here in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center, from January 6-10, 2019. More than…

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