Calendar

Jan
7
Mon
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting
Jan 7 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting @ AY 119

Detailed Node Meeting Schedule:

1/07: ELSA & Node
1/14: ELSA
1/21: nothing – MLK holiday
1/28: Node
2/04: ELSA
2/11: Node
2/18: ELSA
2/25: Node
3/04: ELSA
3/11: Node
3/18: ELSA (but Lynn not here, LPSC)
3/25: nothing – Spring Break
4/01: Node
4/08: ELSA
4/15: Node
4/22: ELSA
4/29: Node
5/06: nothing – Final Exams week
5/13: ELSA

Jan
14
Mon
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting
Jan 14 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting @ AY 119

Detailed Node Meeting Schedule:

1/07: ELSA & Node
1/14: ELSA
1/21: nothing – MLK holiday
1/28: Node
2/04: ELSA
2/11: Node
2/18: ELSA
2/25: Node
3/04: ELSA
3/11: Node
3/18: ELSA (but Lynn not here, LPSC)
3/25: nothing – Spring Break
4/01: Node
4/08: ELSA
4/15: Node
4/22: ELSA
4/29: Node
5/06: nothing – Final Exams week
5/13: ELSA

Jan
21
Mon
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting
Jan 21 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting @ AY 119

Detailed Node Meeting Schedule:

1/07: ELSA & Node
1/14: ELSA
1/21: nothing – MLK holiday
1/28: Node
2/04: ELSA
2/11: Node
2/18: ELSA
2/25: Node
3/04: ELSA
3/11: Node
3/18: ELSA (but Lynn not here, LPSC)
3/25: nothing – Spring Break
4/01: Node
4/08: ELSA
4/15: Node
4/22: ELSA
4/29: Node
5/06: nothing – Final Exams week
5/13: ELSA

Jan
23
Wed
Colloquium Thesis Defense: Lauren Kahre
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Colloquium Thesis Defense: Lauren Kahre

Extinction Mapping and Dust-to-Gas Ratios of Nearby Galaxies

Lauren Kahre, NMSU

We present a study of the dust{to{gas ratios in 31 nearby (D >
10 Mpc) galaxies. Using Hubble Space Telescope broad band WFC3/UVIS UV and
optical images from the Treasury program LEGUS (Legacy ExtraGalactic UV
Survey) combined with archival HST/ACS data, we correct thousands of
individual stars for extinction across these galaxies using an
isochrone-matching (reddening-free Q) method. We generate extinction maps
for each galaxy from the individual stellar extinctions using both
adaptive and fixed resolution techniques, and correlate these maps with
neutral HI and CO gas maps from literature, including The HI Nearby Galaxy
Survey (THINGS) and the HERA CO-Line ExtraGalactic Survey (HERACLES). We
calculate dust-to-gas ratios and investigate variations in the dust-to-gas
ratio with galaxy metallicity. We find a power law relationship between
dust-to-gas ratio and metallicity. The single power law is consistent with
other studies of dust-to-gas ratio compared to metallicity, while the
broken power law shows a significantly shallower slope for low metallicity
galaxies than previously observed. We find a change in the relation when
H_2 is not included. This implies that underestimation of N_H2 in
low-metallicity dwarfs from a too-low CO-to-H2 conversion factor X_CO
could have produced too low a slope in the derived relationship between
dust-to-gas ratio and metallicity. We also
compare our extinctions to those derived from fitting the spectral energy
distribution (SED) using the Bayesian Extinction and Stellar Tool (BEAST)
for NGC 7793 and and systematically lower extinctions from SED-fitting as
compared to isochrone matching. Finally, we compare our extinction maps of
NGC 628 to maps of the dust obtained via IR emission from Aniano et al.
(2012) and find a factor of 2 difference in dust-to-gas ratios determined
from the two maps, consistent with previous work.

Jan
25
Fri
Colloquium: Dale Frail (Host: Sarah Kovac)
Jan 25 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Dale Frail (Host: Sarah Kovac) @ BX102

Multi-Messenger EM-GW Astronomy: The View from the Radio End of the EM Spectrum

Dale Frail, NRAO

Abstract: With the discovery of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from the binary neutron star merger GW170817, the era of GW multi-messenger astronomy has begun with style. I will describe the discovery, show where progress has been made in several areas, and then move on to describe a controversy regarding the origin of the afterglow emission. After explaining the importance of this issue, I will show how late-time radio observations have decisively resolved the issue. I will end with a discussion of the future, with an emphasis on the role of radio observations in finding and studying EM counterparts.

Jan
28
Mon
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting
Jan 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting @ AY 119

Detailed Node Meeting Schedule:

1/07: ELSA & Node
1/14: ELSA
1/21: nothing – MLK holiday
1/28: Node
2/04: ELSA
2/11: Node
2/18: ELSA
2/25: Node
3/04: ELSA
3/11: Node
3/18: ELSA (but Lynn not here, LPSC)
3/25: nothing – Spring Break
4/01: Node
4/08: ELSA
4/15: Node
4/22: ELSA
4/29: Node
5/06: nothing – Final Exams week
5/13: ELSA

Feb
4
Mon
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting
Feb 4 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting @ AY 119

Detailed Node Meeting Schedule:

1/07: ELSA & Node
1/14: ELSA
1/21: nothing – MLK holiday
1/28: Node
2/04: ELSA
2/11: Node
2/18: ELSA
2/25: Node
3/04: ELSA
3/11: Node
3/18: ELSA (but Lynn not here, LPSC)
3/25: nothing – Spring Break
4/01: Node
4/08: ELSA
4/15: Node
4/22: ELSA
4/29: Node
5/06: nothing – Final Exams week
5/13: ELSA

Feb
11
Mon
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting
Feb 11 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting @ AY 119

Detailed Node Meeting Schedule:

1/07: ELSA & Node
1/14: ELSA
1/21: nothing – MLK holiday
1/28: Node
2/04: ELSA
2/11: Node
2/18: ELSA
2/25: Node
3/04: ELSA
3/11: Node
3/18: ELSA (but Lynn not here, LPSC)
3/25: nothing – Spring Break
4/01: Node
4/08: ELSA
4/15: Node
4/22: ELSA
4/29: Node
5/06: nothing – Final Exams week
5/13: ELSA

Feb
18
Mon
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting
Feb 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PDS Atmospheres Node meeting @ AY 119

Detailed Node Meeting Schedule:

1/07: ELSA & Node
1/14: ELSA
1/21: nothing – MLK holiday
1/28: Node
2/04: ELSA
2/11: Node
2/18: ELSA
2/25: Node
3/04: ELSA
3/11: Node
3/18: ELSA (but Lynn not here, LPSC)
3/25: nothing – Spring Break
4/01: Node
4/08: ELSA
4/15: Node
4/22: ELSA
4/29: Node
5/06: nothing – Final Exams week
5/13: ELSA

Feb
20
Wed
Special Colloquium: Stella Kafka (Host: Karen Kinemuchi)
Feb 20 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Special Colloquium: Stella Kafka (Host: Karen Kinemuchi) @ Domenici Hall

The AAVSO Program: A Resource for Variable Star Research

Stella Kafka, AAVSO

The AAVSO was formed in 1911 as a group of US-based amateur observers obtaining data in support of professional astronomy projects. Now, it has evolved into an International Organization with members and observers from both the professional and non-professional astronomical community, contributing photometry to a public photometric database of about 25,000 variable objects, and using it for research projects. As such, the AAVSO’s main claim to fame is that it successfully engages backyard Astronomers, educators, students and professional astronomers in astronomical research. I will present the main aspects of the association and how it has evolved with time to become a premium resource for variable star researchers. I will also discuss the various means that the AAVSO is using to support cutting-edge variable star science, and how it engages its members in projects building a stronger international astronomical community.

 

Dr. Stella Kafka, is the Director of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers). Before her tenure at the AAVSO, Dr Kafka held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing. The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization of variable star observers whose mission is to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through variable star astronomy.