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Sunspot acting as a set of eyes for Parker Solar Probe

Sunspot Solar Observatory assisted NASA’s Parker Solar Probe by predicting and observing the Sun. https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/community/2018/11/02/sunspot-observatory-helping-nasa-solar-probe/1861301002/

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Inclusive Astronomy Meeting Notes

Recent Meeting Notes 11/16/18: Led by Julie. Discussion on sections 6.1 and 6.2 of the Best Practices Guide. We talked about writing a potential survey to send to current students and recent graduates to gather information about the inclusivity climate of our department, potentially based on the Queer in Stem study. We would implement this…
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Paper Spotlight: “Extinction Maps and Dust-to-Gas Ratios in Nearby Galaxies”

Dust is a major component of the interstellar medium in galaxies. It plays a major role in star formation, serving as both a means of radiative feedback and an important catalyst for the formation of molecular hydrogen. It also serves as an important reservoir of metals within a galaxy, which can impact chemical evolution models….
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A super blue blood moon

                  http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2018/01/30/what-las-crucens-should-know-super-blue-blood-moon/1077136001/

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Paper Spotlight: “Determinations of the 12C/13C Ratio for the Secondary Stars of AE Aquarii, SS Cygni, and RU Pegasi”

A Type Ia supernova is the complete explosion of a white dwarf that was being orbited by a secondary star prior to the explosion. Their high luminosity allows them to be used as the primary cosmological distance indicator, yet their progenitors remain unknown. It is almost certain that the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae are…
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Paper Spotlight: “HALOGAS Observations of NGC 4559: Anomalous and Extra-planar HI and its Relation to Star Formation”

Carlos Vargas, a 5th year graduate student working with his adviser, Rene Walterbos, recently published a paper entitled “HALOGAS Observations of NGC 4559: Anomalous and Extra-planar HI and its Relation to Star Formation.” For this study, Carlos and the other authors analyzed new observations made by HALOGAS, a survey dedicated to analyzing interactions between spiral…
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Paper Spotlight: “A Possible Mechanism for Driving Oscillations in Hot Giant Planets”

In the same way earthquakes can shake the Earth when tectonic plates shift, so too can stars shake, or more scientifically, oscillate, as a result of the motion of hot plasma inside of the star. Similarly, gas giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn can oscillate, too, but astronomers aren’t exactly sure as to why. Recently,…
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NMSU Astronomy to lead efforts to reinvent the Dunn Solar Telescope.

  http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2428 U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that New Mexico State University (NMSU) will receive $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to upgrade the Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, N.M. The NSF award – appropriately announced on the fall equinox – will support…
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