Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This past weekend, the ASP held a Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop, where 40+ teaching professionals and educators gathered together to learn and discuss inquiry-based, hands-on astronomy activities. It was an awesome group that I was proud to be a part of.
Sunday evening kicked off an event at Flandrau planetarium, before the extremely exciting Curiosity landing on Mars. It was a wonderful experience to gather around with all of these astronomy lovers to watch the successful landing of Curiosity on Sunday night. I'm including my favorite photo from Curiosity is below:
(From the JPL site on the Curiosity mission: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/)
I love that you can see the rover's shadow in the photo, as well as the beautifully detailed surface of Mars. And look at that peak in the distance! How exciting! Better yet, these photos are the lowest resolution images that we'll be seeing from Curiosity (this camera is purely intended for looking out for rocks and debris in the path of the rover). Just this morning, the first color images from Curiosity have been taken.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are chock-full of exciting lectures, panels and interesting conversation. Keep checking back for updates on some of the sessions!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Currently I am trying to get everything in order before going to the ASP's annual meeting in Tucson, AZ. The conference's theme is "Communicating Science" and I'll be presenting a poster and making contacts that will hopefully help me get a job post-graduation next May. I'm really excited for all the lectures and poster sessions. Just printed up some business cards, and I'm ready to mingle!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Throughout the day, I also showed off the Kepler and Exoplanets apps. I ended up chatting with Dr. Frank Drake of the famous Drake equation (!), who was presenting at one of the panels later on at the convention. It was definitely a starstruck moment (pun intended). I remember attending an astronomy class at a college I visited during high school, and during that lecture we went over the Drake equation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation) and the notion of intelligent life in our Universe. It was pretty full circle when I showed him and his wife the apps, and had a discussion about how I got into astronomy. Both lovely people, and I had a great time talking it up with them. I’ve included some photos below: