• Going from Photons to Digital Images to Science

    February 2, 2022 by

    Laura Buchanan is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast studying the compositions of Kuiper Belt Objects and the colours of cats. We use telescopes to take images of the night sky. In these modern days astronomers generally do not look directly through the eye piece of the telescope, instead we use cameras to take… Read more

  • Planet Hunters NGTS

    November 24, 2021 by

    Sean O’Brien is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast searching for exoplanet candidates in NGTS data using the power of citizen science.  My research is most easily explained by first pointing to the website: ngts.planethunters.org. This Zooniverse project hosts thousands of images like the plot below which shows a phase-folded light curve from the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS).… Read more

  • Delving into the Kuiper Belt

    February 11, 2020 by

    Laura Buchanan is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast studying the compositions of Kuiper Belt Objects and the colours of cats. Far out in our solar system, beyond the planet Neptune, lies a sea of small icy bodies known as the Kuiper Belt. These are all that remains of small planet-forming bodies, or planetesimals, from… Read more

  • Welcome

    October 4, 2019 by

    Welcome to my research group’s blog. We study distant icy bodies in the Outer Solar System, the seasonal/surface proccesses on Mars, and mining large planetary data sets. We’re known to dabble in exoplanets from time to time as well. This will be where we post updates on our research effort and latest results. Stay tuned!

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Header Image Credit: NASA/SOFIA/Lynette Cook

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