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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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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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DiRAC & Astronomy on Tap Seattle Present: ASTRONOMY AT HOME

Next, May 13, 2021 at 7:00pm! Streaming from DIRAC YouTube channel https://dirac.us/yt

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Quanta Magazine’s Interview with Prof. Mario Juric

Prepping for a Flood of Heavenly Bodies
Just as mathematics transformed physics from a philosophy into a science, data and computation are transforming science today, says Mario Jurić. He’s leading the push to get astronomy ready for the torrents of data that are about to flow.

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Collaborative, participant-driven learning works!

Science has become a big-data endeavor. But scientists are not universally adept in “data science” — the computing and statistical skillsets needed to handle, sort, analyze and draw conclusions from big data. The shortage of know-how in data science can…

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