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Pioneering New Platforms to Harness Astrophysical Data

This week the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University announced a multiyear collaboration effort to create new software platforms to analyze large astronomical datasets generated by the upcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). The open-source platforms are part of the new LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing — known as LINCC […]

September 2nd, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |
  • Figure 1: Visualization of asteroids in the Solar System’s main Asteroid Belt. The circles represent the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter (see this animation on YouTube by Alex Parker).

How to discover asteroids with algorithms

The minor planets can tell us a lot about the history and evolution of the Solar System. For asteroid observations we can infer that planets must have been packed much more tightly early in the history of the Solar System. As the Solar System spread out, it became temporarily unstable, potentially ejecting a planet in the process […]

November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |
  • HERA, under construction in 2018

Observing the cosmic dawn

Have you ever wondered why the universe looks the way it does, with isolated galaxies loosely arranged like pearls on the cosmic web? The key to understanding the structure of the universe lies in finding out just how the universe formed after the Big Bang.

Immediately after the Big Bang, the universe was so small and hot […]

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |
  • Gaia’s sky in colour. Image via European Space Agency. Copyright information: ESA/Gaia/DPAC, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Scientists use Gaia data to estimate the mass of the galaxy

Dr. Gwendolyn Eadie (eScience Institute, Data-Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology Institute, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow in the UW Department of Astronomy) is collaborating with Dr. Mario Juric (Astronomy Department and eScience senior data science fellow) and undergraduate Anika Slizewski to estimate the total mass of the galaxy […]

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |