Especially for those in science. It’s OKAY to feel stupid! In fact, it’s required. The following is part of an essay that was published in May 2008 in the Journal of Cell Science, and it’s a must read for grad students who are just starting out on their thesis: The importance of stupidity in scientificContinue reading “For all the grad students…”
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One day I’d love to see a solar eclipse…
… but for now, I’ll settle for the gorgeous pictures on APOD You can see the corona of the sun and the surface of the Moon from reflected Earthshine, in the same amazing photo!
Radio Astronomy on the Moon
So I’ve been able to sit in on a video-conference for a group that is putting out a plan for a low frequency radio telescope on the Moon. I’m just a wee student, so I observed quietly. There are a lot of technical challenges, and the science is fascinating and there is SO MUCH toContinue reading “Radio Astronomy on the Moon”
Wave at the Nice Astronauts!
Did you know that you can see the International Space Station with the naked eye? It’s actually quite bright! Space.com reports on some great opportunities to see the ISS from North America and Europe over the next few weeks. They include a recommendation for http://www.heavens-above.com for figuring out your viewing times. On the home page,Continue reading “Wave at the Nice Astronauts!”
Seeing Aurora with Radio Eyes
Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute recently wrote a very cool article about the radio signals corresponding to aurora as possible indicators of Earth-like planets. His methods of explaining the geophysical phenomena and astronomical techniques are witty and informative. He truly makes me happy for never using the word “listen” to refer to radio astronomy.Continue reading “Seeing Aurora with Radio Eyes”
Musings from the lab…
So instead of actually doing science like I should be, I’m going to wax poetically on the methods and practices of science from the standpoint of a young grad student still trying to find her place. They teach you in schools about the scientific method over the course of maybe one class period. It’s dry,Continue reading “Musings from the lab…”