Viewing posts from February, 2011

2011 KITP Teacher's Conference

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 of 'what's new' in different areas of physics with world renowned scientists.

Horsehead nebula from BPL

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 ). We are testing everything here, from the manual and automated control system, to the mechanics of the enclosures, weather station, and durability.

FITS for the web

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.

First photons for Sinistro

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!

Rocking In The New Year

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.