College Of Arts and Sciences | New Stars in Galaxy Andromeda!
S105 | 0129 | Pilachowski, C.


Come discover new stars in the Andromeda Galaxy!  Students will work
with digital images of the Andromeda Galaxy obtained with a 36
telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona to discover novae, white dwarf
stars whose surfaces ignite in a nuclear explosion, in a nearby
galaxy very much like our own Milky Way.  The brightness of the novae
will be measured from observational data as the new stars gradually
fade back to invisibility.  Participating in original astronomical
research, students will formulate plans for their measurements and
analysis, carry out their research, and write up and present their
results to their peers. Students may also have the opportunity to
participate in taking the observations via remote observing.  The
course will include an in-depth study of the evolution of stars to
allow students to understand and interpret their results.

The course is intended for non-majors to introduce students to
science as a creative activity and a way of thinking about nature,
rather than a body of knowledge. Prospective science majors are also
welcome.