Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day Seventeen

Nothing too special today, mostly just downloaded images. Halfway(ish) there!

Day seventeen, jitlesta!

Day Sixteen

Essentially I finished looking at pictures of nebulae and adjusting the radii on the images so I could figure out how big of a mosaic I needed to download. And then I started the wonderful 2 minute-per-image process of downloading. This miiiiight take a while since I have about 140 images to download. Oh well. The pictures are cool looking, that's what counts right?
Day Sixteen, tam!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Day Fifteen

Totally forgot to blog that day! I enjoy my new project, after calculating a whole bunch of radii, I get to double check with a bajillion pictures of different nebulae that are just plain cool looking. Good stuff.

Day fifteen, fuldføre

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day Fourteen

I finally got my new project! Yayy! I'm calculating a bunch of radii of nebulae, then getting DSS (optical) images and checking/adjusting radii, then looking at WISE images and then making a comparison of the WISE DSS and Chandra images, and then making a table! Considering how many Nebulae there are, this will certainly take me a while. But I'm not working on the powerpoint anymore, so that's good!

Day Fourteen, užbaigti!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day Thirteen

All that's left now is to make a mosaic (a bigger image composed of multiple images) to compare to the 5ish degree image where they found the planetary nebula I was looking for of WISE images. Will my computer let me run ds9 long enough to make one without crashing? Who knows. Will I be able to find the images? Who knows. What I do know is Rudy said this is the last thing I'll be doing for KPD. Don't get me wrong, I like all the imaging bit, but I am QUITE sick of powerpoints. Thoroughly ready to go back to pretty picture investigations!

Day thirteen, fullborda!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day Twelve

Well! I figured out how to PROPERLY set up the images that I've put in my powerpoint probably 3 different ways now. But I can feel the end approaching and the beginnings of a new project are in the air! yay!
Also this challenge thing makes me feel at a disadvantage being in a different building, since there's one paper a team and I have a waaaaaaaaaay harder time collaborating all the way over here. Not cool.
Regardless, I'll find a way!
Day Twelve, Ljúktu!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Day Eleven

The powerpoint continues! At least it's almost done. Who woulda thought something as simple as lining up a picture to compare could take so long.... or drawing a line that's a specific length... or finding a place to download a picture... Whatever the case, I've downloaded mosaics as the big excitement for the day. The first one I looked at was totally wrong and 10 times cooler looking than what I'm realling looking at, but I suppose that's okay! The mosaics are cool anyways.

Day eleven, повний!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Day Ten

Today we had a a presentation about the project for imaging science kids last year. I actually found it really interesting, and would like to get involved even though its not in either of the majors I think I'm going into. Also I had to look up pictures for a mosaic we need to make--I thought it was spitzer all over again when one file turned into 104 pictures... but it's not that bad because there's actually 4 different wavelengths worth. So! Had a heart attack but it's all good now! And I get to start my new project soon, end of the power point in sight!
Pluuuus it was cool bringing a friend to work, I vote we do it every friday!

Day Ten, Kukamilisha

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day Nine

Well, today I thoroughly examined my powerpoint a few times. Then I was informed that a new project is probably found for me and I have another paper to read! YAY (not sarcastic!)! The powerpoint was fun at first but until I'm shown how to overlay the FUSE images there's pretty much noooothing else I could do to that thing. It's quite fancified and pretty. So read I shall, and the new project (having to do with looking at xray images and how they're related to binary star systems within Planetary Nebula I believe) will hopefully commence soon!

Day nine, fulshtendik!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day Eigth

Sooo! The power point continues! I had a mini adventure trying to find the wavelengths for all my images--which is preeeetty much impossible for some of them btw. Buuuuut otherwise, nothing special happened today. Besides the epic nerf war....which I'm incredibly sad to hear must be called off. Le sigh. To be continued assassins, even if it must be moved elsewhere!

Day Eight, dovršiti!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day Seven

Well! I was only here for about 3 hours today, so I can't particularly say I got a lot done...
What I have for my powerpoint so far was reviewed by Joel. I was actually really nervous about inaccuracies and wording and whatnot, so it was relieving to get his feedback and overall approval.
I also had an odd moment looking at my hours today. Soooomehow I looked at them wrong and thought I'd already worked about 36 hours even though I left at 12 today. I mean, I've been coming in a LITTLE early but not THAT early. Thank god I looked at it wrong, I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I had to leave at 3 one day!

Day seven, komplett

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day Six

Today I was informed that the Planetary Nebula we were hoping we had found had already been discovered. Whiiiiiiich sucks. A lot. But I am still making a powerpoint about what we did--thank god I'm inexplicably amused by making powerpoints.

Day six, completo! (almost)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day Five

So! I found the fantastically beautiful Spitzer image I was looking for amongst the 600 pictures. That was probably the highlight of my day. Other than that, I basically started making a powerpoint about everything I did! Lucky me out of the 5 articles I had to read the one I need the most is the one I understood the least....

Day five, terminé!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day Four

Today I attempted to look further into an abscure astronomical infrared-detected object near our target star. I looked up the corresponding telescope, found three download links, and proceded to attempt to open them.
I found each of the three files was actually a folder, which had 4 more folders, which had 2 more folders, which had mayyyybe 25 images in them. 600(ish) images to look through? Each one so far has only been a couple pixel's worth.... except if ONE of those HAPPENS to be the right, high resolution, normal sized picture, that'd be phenomenal.
Aaaaaand then my computer died.
Note to self: NEVER forget laptop charger cord again.

Day Four, exigo.

Day Three

I totally forgot to write my blog last night but that's okay!

So I don't really know what to say other than I get to sit all day and look at awesome pictures of stars! Actually everything I did makes me feel like I'm working on a research project which I imagine is what it'd be like if I was an ACTUAL astronomical imager so that's cool. Regardless, I like it, I like the people, and I have to be so smart everyday that I go home and get really stupid. Yay!

Day three, fin.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day Two

I knew this would be the hardest part--almost completely forgot and just went to bed.

I'm no less discouraged today, everything I've seen just convinces me more that what I'm doing is awesome. The more I learn the more interested I get (even if the learning process is a little slow). Pluuuuus the programs I had to download on my laptop are AWESOME.
If your bored, google stellarium and download it and play with it because its amazing and you can figure out where any star is at any point in time.
Also it is still intimidating to be around such smart people, but hopefully that'll get better as I get to know them more and what I'm working with more.

Day two, finito!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day One

Sooo, here is my blog! I've never done this before and honestly I think this will be the hardest part to get used to for the summer....
But anywho! Scavenger hunt was fun, and evidently DOES have the reputation Bethany described, because anyone we asked for help knew what we were talking about...
As for my own lab, I'm really excited! X-ray images with a gigantour white dwarf star to hopefully find something no one else has seen before? AWESOME! Although I will say it is a little intimidating to know I'm going to be surrounded by such ingenious people everyday...like everyone who basically said anything to me while being introduced....

Day one, complete.