UCSD Selected as an SDSS FAST Site

The Cool Star Lab has joined the SDSS Faculty and Student Team (FAST) initiative, with a research program focused on analyzing high resolution spectroscopy of ultracool dwarfs with SDSS-APOGEE.

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Project Planetaria reviews its first 2 years

Screen shot 2014-04-27 at 11.01.34 PMThe Project Planetaria collaboration between Cool Star Lab PI Adam Burgasser, Theatre Arts faculty Tara Knight, and Visual Arts faculty Michael Trigilio, recently gave a talk at the Center for the Humanities describing their first two years. This included a description of two major installations, Solar Variations and Our Star Will Die Alone, and the TDDE 131: Project Planetaria class held in Spring 2013.  Future plans and spinoffs from this collaboration were also described, including the New Horizons Message and Galaxy Gardens projects with Jon Lomberg and Embody Physics.

Slides from the presentation can be found at this link.

FIRE is alive!

FIRE mounted on Magellan's Baade Telescope

The Folded Port Infrared Echellette was successfully delivered and commissioned at the Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Led by MIT Asst. Professor Robert Simcoe and Adam Burgasser, with major contributions by postdoctoral researcher John Bochanski, FIRE is a single-object, near-infrared spectrograph capable of obtaining 0.9-2.5 μm spectroscopy of faint sources at resolutions of 300-10,000. First science results will be published later this year.

Learn more at the FIRE website and on a recent blog post.  You can even buy FIRE merchandise!.

April 2010