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XRay Astronomy

XRay Astronomy

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  • Thu 5 May ’16, 7:30pm – 9:00pm


Cawthron Institute, 98 Halifax Street East, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Simon Crase, President of the Nelson Science Society, will talk about free computer imaging tools and courses for amateur astronomers.

Simon will first outline a range of free courses that you can use yourself on your home computer called SAOImage DS9. Using data from the Chandra XRay and optical data from observatory archives he will look at the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant.

Simon will then detail a case study from Prof. Terry Matilsky’s MOOC Analyzing the Universe that shows his students how they can discover the facts for themselves. He will show the rotation of Nova GK Persei, and DS9’s Power Spectrum tool to discover white dwarfs.

Simon has a degree in mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington (no astronomy department in those days), and worked as a software engineer ever since. He has worked on several interesting projects, such as building computer networks during the 1970s, medical applications around 2004, software for In-Vitro Diagnosis, and work on the automation of a novel cancer treatment. Simon keeps up to date with many other science subjects, including planetary science.

All welcome. For Non-NSS members, please donate $2 at the door.

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