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This years KITP Teacher's conference
was held on February 26th with a theme of “Physics and
Biology: Evolution of Life and Evolution of Science.” This
conference brings over a hundred science teachers at the middle and
high school levels from across the country to Santa Barbara for a day
Our Back Parking Lot (or BPL) site behind the Santa Barbara Headquarters is our primary test assembly for the 0.4 and 1m classes of telescope (for recent progress see Rachel's blog entry, Site Development at Sedgwick and the Back Parking Lot ).
If you've ever used a telescope with a CCD camera you've probably encountered FITS files. FITS, or Flexible Image Transport System, is a file format used widely in astronomy to share images.
Last Wednesday, Feb 9, the team working on the new science camera system, Sinistro, got their first light image. This is a huge accomplishment, congratulations to the team!
I didn't mean to be a geek at the NewYears party. Really I didn't. I brought my laptop, and the host told me I could set it up at a table. I think that the intent was for me to post on FB or something like that. I had a set of data from the Faulkes that was burning a hole in my pocket, and so I told myself I would just look at one field.
One of our science team, Yiannis Tsapras has produced a graphic showing interesting information about all the exoplanets listed on The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia.
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. LCOGT scientists are involved in the mission.
Once again Richard Miles (Director of the BAA, asteroids and comets section) has been following up interesting activity on the periodic comet, Comet 29P/ Schwassmann-Wachmann. His report is below.
Over recent months we've been improving how we show observer's images. We started by building an ontology based around /observations. Every observation (e.g. this observation of spiral galaxy M65), observer (e.g. Whitchurch High School) and telescope (e.g.
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