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Getting Started with SDSS


Jackie holds up one of the plates from the Sloan telescope. Teachers learned how to do basic searches in SDSS using the iPad minis and demonstrated this to students in the afternoon session. I’m hearing lots of OMGs.








Pre-Surveys Here!

For Students



For Teachers


Lesson Plan Format for Feedback

Gamma Ray Tools Lesson Guide

Welcome 2013 All-Stars! Speaker Schedule/Readings

On Tuesday, July 16, at 12:30, Don York will speak about the impact of Optical Astronomy.  Please read his lesson before the talk and BRING QUESTIONS!

The lesson can be found here:  http://ecuip.lib.uchicago.edu/multiwavelength-astronomy/optical/impact/index.html

On Wednesday, July 17, our speaker will be Nick Woolf.  His lesson is here:  http://ecuip.lib.uchicago.edu/multiwavelength-astronomy/optical/tools/index.html

On Thursday, July 18, our speaker will be Dieter Hartmann.  His lesson is here: http://ecuip.lib.uchicago.edu/multiwavelength-astronomy/gamma-ray/science/index.html



Application forms for students

Jackie has graciously shared the forms she is using for student applicants.  If you would like to create your own based on her form, you can find them here.

All-Stars Student Application

All-Stars Reference Form for Student Applicants

Please share your forms with the rest of us, too!

Choosing Mission Activities for NASA Data Use in Summer Program

Periodically I will upload prospective activities for each of the waveband teams to use this summer in the All-Stars workshop.  To review, each team will be attached to the following missions:

  • Gamma ray – Fermi
  • X-ray – Chandra
  • UV – Galex
  • Optical – SDSS

I have taken a look at an activity from Chandra that could be used by the X-ray mentor during the second week of the workshop, and I would like your feedback.

Chandra X-ray Observatory Imaging Activity

This activity would be carried out over a period of 5 days, for anywhere from 1.5-3 hours each day.  In reading through it, I can see how the activity could be expanded or contracted, depending on the amount of time allotted.  Kathy Lestition at Harvard/CFA has offered to provide a webinar training to our group for conducting this activity.

Please take a look and let me know what you think.




The All Stars Application April 2013 is ready for distribution.  Please pass this on to prospective participants!

Summer Course Schedule

Here is a draft of the summer 2013 Course Schedule that lays out the skeleton of a course plan.  We will work in wavelength-specific teams.  The general plan is for each team to focus on the lessons in their wavelength module in the first week; and in the second week, work on a NASA mission data activity related to their wavelength.  Teachers will be working on lesson plans throughout the course, which will be presented in the third (short) week.

I would like your input as I refine this into our course plan.  My next step is to identify some NASA mission data activities that would be good candidates for our program.

Thanks for the feedback!



Two Physics Lessons to Preview

Here is the content for two of the upcoming physics lessons.  They will be produced using the same template as the gamma ray lessons.  A third physics lesson on instrumentation is also forthcoming.

Energy and Force

Fields and Particles

Summer 2013: Starting to Make Plans

I have attached the calendar for summer 2013, FYI.

All Stars Summer 2013 Calendar March 2013

Preview of X-Ray Lessons

Here are two of the four X-Ray lessons now ready to go into production.  X-Ray science and impact are forthcoming in about one month.

Friedman X-Ray History Lesson November 2012

Moseley X-Ray Tools Lesson October 2012

Let me know what you think!

Multiwavelength Data Sources

This list will point you to specific sources for using NASA data organized according to wavelength.





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