Honing your Hubble Application

by Guest August 20, 2014

This is an anonymous guest post from two past members of the Hubble Fellowship committee. The Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship among the most prestigious awards in our field and is worn as a badge of honor throughout an Astronomer’s entire career. About 10–20 are awarded each year to applicants from around the world to fund a […]


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Linking Visualization and Understanding in Astronomy #AAS223 #AASviz

by Guest January 5, 2014

This is a guest post by Alyssa Goodman and accompanies her talk by the same name, presented at the AAS Meeting, at 11:40 AM on Monday. Talk slides will be online after the talk. Alyssa is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. She studies interstellar gas and […]


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Data Visualization at IRSA

by Guest September 23, 2013

This is a guest post by Vandana Desai, a research scientist at the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA). The Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) is part of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech. We curate the science products of NASA’s infrared and submillimeter missions, including Spitzer, WISE, Planck, 2MASS, and IRAS. In total, IRSA […]


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Release: Iris 2.0 – SED analysis tool

by Guest September 18, 2013

This post is written by Jamie A. Budynkiewicz who works with the Chandra Software group at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Spectral energy distributions (SEDs) provide a wealth of knowledge about galaxies: their type, nuclear activity, luminosity, mass, star formation rate – basically, SEDs are pretty darn useful. Analyzing an SED involves loading the data, plotting it, […]


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iObserve 1.3

by Guest September 16, 2013

This is a guest post by Cédric Foellmi, developer of iObserve, an observing app for OSX. iObserve, the OSX app designed to simplify your observing runs, is getting a major upgrade. After more than a year of development, many new features are available which should make the app attractive to an even wider audience. Since […]


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Evernote for scientists: mastering the electronic lab notebook

by Chris Crockett June 24, 2013

Everyone loves Evernote. Okay, not everyone, but it has developed a loyal fan base among the productivity set. Evernote is a note-taking application that allows you to organize and tag information for your projects from a variety of sources: text, web, images, email, and more. The members of the Astronomers Facebook group recently discussed how […]


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Presentations on iPad v2 [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle April 24, 2013

We’ve covered this topic of iPad presentations before, but with an emphasis on Keynote for iPad pros and cons. While Keynote for the iPad now supports actions and is probably still the best app for creating presentations on the iPad, it’s not the best solution if you create presentations in PowerPoint or want to make […]


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Immersing Yourself in Your Data: Using Virtual World Engines to Solve “Big” Data

by Guest March 25, 2013

This is a guest post by Alex Cioc, who is a sophomore at Caltech, working on new data visualization techniques.  In the era of “Big Data” science, the real challenges come not from the sheer volume of data obtained but rather from the complexity of these data. For example, in a typical sky survey we […]


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What’s the deal with Scisoft? [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle February 19, 2013

Orsola from Oz has gotten in touch with AstroBetter and asked about the current state of Scisoft. For those not familiar, to me, Scisoft is a big installer that is the quick and dirty way of getting Python and IRAF installed on a Mac. I briefly looked into the current status of this package while […]


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One small step for a hiring committee…

by Laura Trouille October 30, 2012

An interesting post on the steps one mid-career scientist at a large public university has taken to impact his/her department’s hiring practice: Anonymous Guest-Post: One Small Step - Women in Astronomy


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