astro will

short for astronomy william o balmer ;~)

Category: astronomy 341

This serves as my research blog for astronomy 341, a research course at Amherst College.

  • Week 3: Trouble in Taurus

    Week 3: Trouble in Taurus

    This past week it was valentines day, and I wanted to make something pretty, so I made a preliminary three color image of our HL Tau field, which includes L1551 (a really pretty molecular cloud) and a handful of Herbig Haro (HH) objects, which are dramatic outflows, jets, and other signs of star forming activity. […]

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  • Week 2: Overscan, don’t overthink

    Week 2: Overscan, don’t overthink

    This week we were tasked with correcting our images for bias. I wrote first about what bias is and why it’s important. Here I’ll discuss my pseudocode and present my bias correction function. Biasing is an electronics term that describes the application of a voltage/current to a circuit or piece of circuit to create more […]

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  • Week 1: Across the sky, half a degree at a time

    Week 1: Across the sky, half a degree at a time

    Once I blazed across the sky, Leaving trails of flame; I fell to earth, and here I lie – Who’ll help me up again? A Shooting Star, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Orion was always the easiest constellation for me to pick out; up in the winter, where the clouds in the Pacific Northwest might clear […]

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