In Retrospect…

It’s already September and nearly a month has past since the four Arizona-bound CAMPARians returned home, with both fond memories of burning under the Tucson sun and experience to guide them in their future endeavours. When they weren’t exploring the city, looking at big telescopes, or standing in front of the air conditioner, […]

The Astrophysics behind “Stranger than Fiction.”

For the past seven weeks I’ve been doing photometry on Carina Nebula images taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Below is a composite image of the South Pillar of the Carina Nebula made by my mentor, Dr. Smith. This image is one of the more popular images of the Carina Nebula that NASA likes to […]

Touring the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last posted, but not much has happened until now. After our observing run at the MMT, Lindsey and I joined Dr. Smith for another observing run on Mount Lemmon, home of Steward’s Kuiper Telescope. At 61″, the Kuiper is the smallest of all the telescopes we’ve observed with, […]

Supernova Hunting with Dr. Nathan Smith

As Hector would say…

Hey there, Astro-gang.

Monsoon season has arrived, and day after day we are seeing huge thunderstorms dump rain on the dry desert in and around Tucson, but these storms do not deter Dr. Smith’s dedication to his research. Yesterday Lindsey and I accompanied Dr. Smith to the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory […]

Recap of the past week

We ended our first week in Arizona with a Friday night barbecue/pool party at Dr. Bieging’s beautiful Arizona home. The food was great, the company was fun, and the view of the mountains from his backyard was magnificent, and for that we are all very grateful for his invitation. On Saturday a short rainstorm rolled […]

Meet the CAMPARE Crew

It’s the end of the first week, and while Dr. Smith is compiling my Spitzer data, I figured I’d introduce (or re-introduce)- to anyone reading these blogs – this year’s CAMPARE research crew. The following pictures were all taken from our field day at Mount Graham.

From left to right, Lindsey Kabot, Austin Cole, […]

Field trip to Mount Graham

Today my fellow CAMPARians, Dr. Smith, Dr. Povich, Dr. Bieging and I escaped the Tucson heat for a tour of Mount Graham. The summit of Mount Graham hosts the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), the Submillimeter Telescope (SMT), and the largest binocular telescope in the world, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). At 0900 we embarked […]

brb doing astronomy

So I finally have a good idea of what I’ll be researching on this summer. As previously mentioned, I will be researching star formation and stellar feedback in the Carina nebula, which many of you might have seen before:



More specifically, I will be analyzing the bowshocks created by the stellar […]


My place of work, complete with desk, computer, chair, and Lindsey Kabot:

We all woke up early Monday morning excited to start our first day of work. This was the kind of excitement only 80-degree temperatures at 8:00 a.m. can provide. After navigating through the campus to find the Steward […]

We have arrived on the surface of the Sun!


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