Today our group, Jansky, went down to the 40-foot telescope and observed the galaxy “3c123″ right after we shoved food in our faces and crammed into the jeep. It took us about one hour altogether and was very worth our time! We had a ‘hands on” experience with the telescope that allowed us to better understand it’s properties and functions. Our data was very enlightening.
Today we arrived at the NRAO in Green Bank, WV to start our journey with our teams to accomplish our task ahead. We were given the task to answer the question “Does electromagnetic radiation have an effect on human health?”. We quickly gathered in our groups and began research. We came to the conclusion that electromagnetic radiation is a very broad spectrum and needed to be narrowed down! #applesauce5swag
Today we arrived in Green Bank and settled into our new environment quickly but somewhat reluctantly. Not having cell phone service will take a day or two to get used to. The program was briefly introduced by Josh Stevens, and then we dove head first into science. We learned how to operate the 40-foot telescope. We observed the SNR Crab Nebula. Since the telescope had no Right Ascension (capability to move side to side), we had to wait until a certain time to collect our data. The telescope was capable of Declination, (moving up and down) so we could generally point the telescope in the desired direction and wait for the earth’s rotation to swing the telescope across our object. This project and experience will help us in the understanding of Pulsars.
On our first day of camp, we learned about the Electromagnetic Spectrum, and how radio waves can be used to locate distances and find objects beneath the ground and in water.
Students from around West Virginia convened at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory for five days of original research with scientists from NRAO, Concord University, and The Mountain Institute. In addition to beginning their research projects, they attended a talk on nanotechnology by Dr. Mike Norton of Marshall University and explored the nature of scientific inquiry through jigsaw puzzles (photo below).
YSDE participants and staff, please check your email shortly for a brief survey to help with rescheduling some of the time lost to last week’s cancellation. Two accommodations will be made:
1. A pre-camp online meeting for each group between now and the March visit will lay groundwork so you can hit the ground running when we get together in Green Bank in a few weeks. (Details coming soon.)
2. Based on participant feedback about potential dates to reschedule, a short session will be added later at which projects will be wrapped up and presented. Due to NRAO’s full spring schedule, this session will be at an alternate location to be announced.
The February session of the 2014 is cancelled. While travel may seem safe in some areas, we have to consider weather and roads from all over the state, and many areas are still experiencing potentially dangerous conditions.
The March session will meet as scheduled. We are considering options to make up for some of the lost time. Details will be announced here and via email.
Stay safe and warm.