Introduction and Basics This is a laboratory course. Observation and Experimentation follow similar protocols. The general guidelines you must follow are mostly identical to those laid out in these old course notes for PHY 515 / 445. This is mandatory reading.
Specifics that are relevant to this course will follow. This is also mandatory reading.
You will work in groups of two to three for the Optical Observing and Archival projects. The data analysis project and the proposals will be done individually. You need not work in the same group for each project.
For the purposes of this project, and knowing the limitations of the the 14 inch and the Long Island skies, your science need not be novel or ground-breaking. But it must let you answer the question your propose.
The proposal is free-format, but there is a 4 page limit and please do not use font sizes smaller that 12 point. There should be an introduction that lays out the scientific goals, a discussion of the feasibility of the project, and a discussion of how the data will be analyzed. Given that we have not covered anything yet, I can't expect too much. This will be used partly to judge your preparation, but may be used to plan actual observations using the telescope.
These proposals are due electronically at or before 1700 EDT Friday 4 September 2020. You will work independently on the proposals.
We currently have 16 students enrolled. the PHY517 students will form one group. The AST 443 students will form into 4 groups of 3 and one of 2. If the enrollment changes, this may change too. Groups will organize, and sign up for telescope time, in class on Sept 9. We plan to schedule the telescope Mondays through Thursdays, Sept 14 through Oct 23. Signup rules will be posted later.
Special Instructions for Fall 2020
Because of the threat of the corona virus to the Campus community, it may not be possible to complete this project. If so, this project will be replaced by a project using archival 14" images from previous years.
Further details about the observing project are available here.
Links to archival websites are here.
For the last few years, HST proposal preparation has required use of a
software package called APT. We will not use this. Rather, we will do this the
old-fashioned way, by filling in a file template. The current templates are on
the proposal page. However, since the procedure now requires information to be
uploaded into APT, we will use the old
tex template and style file.
You may name the template file anything you like, so long as it has a .tex
The name of the LaTeX style
file must remain phase1.sty. Read the directions in the proposal
template file, and fill in the blanks.
Check here for a LaTeX primer.
I have uploaded a sample proposal file and the resulting postscript output. You can download and edit this sample latex file if you wish. For instructions on how to fill out the form, read the comments (lines starting with % in the latex form).
To process your lATeX file, do the following (or an AST workstation):
E-mail the LaTeX or Word file to me by 5:00 PM EDT on October 12.
If you wish to include figures, please also e-mail me the .ps file.
Please do not e-mail the STScI help desk for help.
I will post the files and the assignments here. Proposals will be distributed to the reviewers, and peer-reviewed in class on October 21.
The talk and the poster must be on different projects. Your paper may be on either.
How do you craft a short talk? Check here.
Directions for writing the paper in the proper format are given here.
What makes for a good poster? See here.
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