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  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
    Astronomer, 2001 - present
  • Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
    Astronomer, 1999 - 2000
  • Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University
    Astronomer, 1997 - 1999
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An astronomer who spends way too much time on the computer.
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I am an Astronomer working at the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in Cambridge, MA. Research interests include observational cosmology, galaxy clusters, AstroInformatics and the semantic web.
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Interested in being the new Director of Citizen Science at Chicago's Adler Planetarium? Then I've got the link for you...
Director of Citizen Science The Citizen Science Department at the Adler Planetarium seeks to engage everyone with real science, whether online or in person. The department at the Adler Planetarium is home to the Zooniverse, including a development team who design and build novel citizen science projects and, with colleagues, the infrastructure that supports them. They have played a leading role in making Zooniverse the world’s largest and most su...
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I've had some spare time on my hands recently, thanks to the snow we've been getting in the Boston area. So, I decided to use it to continue my exploration of communicating with notebooks (in the IPython sense of notebook).

Here's a link to an IHaskell notebook (so the IPython notebook machinery but using Haskell instead) which shows some simple Astronomical calculations (in this case, Cosmological ones, such as the angular-diameter and luminosity distances), and trying out one of the "units" packages for including units in a calculation. Comments can be made on the GitHub page https://github.com/DougBurke/astro-haskell/issues  (or here ;-)
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Photos from two weeks at the COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop, Advanced School on X-ray Astrophysics, Ensenada, Mexico, November 17 to 28, 2014.

http://www.astrosen.unam.mx/cospar/
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Bored on a Saturday? Try reading about IRIS, part of the Virtual Observatory work for making Astronomical data easier to analyze, built in part on Sherpa - http://cxc.cfa.harvard.edu/contrib/sherpa47b/
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Yay, exploring little Bits electronic components at the new Watertown MakerSpace, HATCH aka http://www.watertownlib.org/hatch which is now open thanks to the tireless work of the Watertown Library.

Your daily reminder that librarians are cool.
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Man, If my hometown library had a makerspace, my folks would still have a glider in the back yard. I took it apart when I was 8, just to see how it worked.
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I'm in a link-sharing kinda mood today: #DataScience for #Astronomy school in La Serena.
AURA Observatory in Chile LSST Corporation National Optical Astronomy Observatory Virtual Astronomical Observatory National Science Foundation (U.S.) CONICYT (Chile) Universidad de Chile-CMM/NLHPC Millennium Institute of Astrophysics Universidad de La Serena ...
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 I keep on forgetting to mention when I post a new entry in my exploration of using Haskell - in particular, IHaskell https://github.com/gibiansky/IHaskell/wiki which builds off of the Jupyter Project work - for Astronomy.

Previous entries can be found at my cheapo-blogging-platform™ (ake GitHub + markdown): https://github.com/DougBurke/astro-haskell/blob/master/README.md
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Build your own world-class X-ray telescope (*)






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The 3D model of the Chandra spacecraft in all it's stages! Thank you John Doroshenko for creating this.
More images: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:631546
The Chandra X-ray telescope was launched by NASA in 1999. Now with 3D printing you can have your very own tiny little Chandra to add to your collection of orbiting observatories! To learn more about Chandra, check out http://chandra.si.edu and http://chandra.si.edu/learn_cxc.html
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It's a telescope!
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Actually, it's http://www.astrossp.unam.mx/~sectec/web/telescopios/2mt.html - the 2m class telescope at Mexican National Observatory - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Astronomical_Observatory_%28Mexico%29 - but we shouldn't stop the truth getting in the way of a good internet discussion
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So, this is what you missed on my week tweeting under the @astrotweeps account. 
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We still really enjoy interacting with Smithsonian 3D Digitization's 3D version of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. Have you checked it out?
http://3d.si.edu/explorer?modelid=45
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