Just a quick link to share with everyone today.
For those of you who are particularly interested in the programming side of astronomy (and I know there are a lot of you), I would like to share this extensive list of all software-related offerings at AAS 225. This list was compiled by those at the Astrophysics Source Code Library, so a huge thanks to them for doing all the hard work! Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again. The Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (the Superbowl of Astronomy, as I like to call it) is nearly upon us. To make the most of your time at the meeting, we at AstroBetter would like to remind you of some resources available on the Wiki.
First, the post that everyone attending a winter AAS meeting should read (even if you’re not a first-timer), Jason Wright’s guide to Getting the Most Out of AAS Meetings. This resource is especially useful for students attending their first AAS meeting, so make sure your students have seen this!
Second, if you are giving a presentation, whether it be a talk or a poster, the AstroBetter Wiki has you covered with a number of resources to help you with your Presentation Skills. [Read more...]
Thomas Robitaille (@astrofrog) is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy working on star formation and radiative transfer. He is an active developer in the Python Astronomy community and is one of the co-ordinators and core developers for the Astropy project.
We are holding a workshop on the topic of Python in Astronomy at the Lorentz Center in Leiden from April 20th to 24th 2015. The workshop will adopt a very interactive format – inspired by the .Astronomy conference series – including presentations, tutorials, unconference sessions, and coding sprints, and should be great fun!
The main aims of the workshop will be to:
- Share information about state-of-the art Python Astronomy packages
- Discuss and improve interoperability between astronomical Python packages
- Provide training for people who are interested in contributing to open source packages
- Develop a common set of educational materials for Python in Astronomy
Ian Short is an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University, has taught the core first and second year courses in the undergraduate astrophysics program, and is a published researcher in the field of stellar atmospheres and spectra.
Do you teach a course in which students should understand why some spectral lines are always strong in hot stars, but weak in cools stars, or vice versa? Or why some spectral lines are always broad in dwarfs, but narrow in supergiants? Or the role that radiation plays in supporting a star against its weight? Or why an image of the Sun is darker near the limb than at the centre? Or even why hot stars are blue and cool ones red, and how colour can be quantified? These, and many other similar questions, are central to the stellar component of the undergraduate astrophysics curriculum at the second year and above, and even in first year courses aimed at science majors, and are key concepts for students going into any area of astrophysics.
How would your teaching be enhanced if you could bring to class a virtual star equipped with “parameter knobs” that responds instantly when the “knobs” are adjusted? What if you could then equip each student with a virtual spectrograph, photometer, and interferometer so that demonstration-based classroom pedagogy can be employed? How would your course be enriched if you could assign laboratory-style homework projects in which students investigate the structure and observable behavior of such a virtual star and independently investigate key relationships? What possibilities would be opened up in more advanced courses if students could view and capture the source code for such a virtual star? [Read more...]