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NRAO NINE Participants Explore Radio Astronomy in Trinidad

21 Mar 2019, 15:51 UTC
NRAO NINE Participants Explore Radio Astronomy in Trinidad
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The NRAO NINE (National and International Non-traditional Exchange) program and Office of Diversity and Inclusion aim to train students and broaden participation via short programs in radio astronomy, data mining, and computing. As an NRAO NINE Hub institution, the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in Trinidad hosted two Astro-data workshops in January 2019. Students were given an overview of the NRAO and its historical significance to the field of radio astronomy. Then we spent the rest of our time learning how to use Python programming to mine astronomical data sources, from our facilities at ALMA and the VLA, including ongoing projects like the new VLA Sky Survey (VLASS: https://public.nrao.edu/vlass/). Students worked on data mining exercises by using small, single board computers called Raspberry Pi’s – a relatively easy and inexpensive tool to use to manipulate radio data and generate astronomical images. It was an intensive series of workshops! That we hope our student participants enjoyed!

https://info.nrao.edu/do/odi/broader-impact-programs/Nine

Dr. Shirin Haque (UWI) welcomes students to the workshop. First task: learning how to navigate Linux on a Raspberry Pi, before we dive into the fundamentals of radio astronomy, telescope arrays, and Python programmingParticipants create their first image composite using a ...

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