A terrestrial planet has be discovered around our closest stellar neighbour Proxima Centauri, the planet is 1.3 Earth masses, has a period of around 11 days and is only 0.05 astronomical units from the star (it’s closer to it’s star than Mercury!). This is exciting news for astrophysics and the search for extraterrestrial life, because […]
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The final week of the internship was an emotional and busy one. I had to frantically work to get some closure on my project so I had enough to talk about when giving my final presentation, the presentation went really well despite being a nervous wreck! Leaving was sad but my supervisors were keen to have me back, so that’s promising!
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The penultimate week of research sees me successfully completing my radiative transfer code for pure hydrogen Rayleigh scattering. This allowed me to plot for a basic atmospheric composition of a hot-Jupiter. Hot-Jupiter atmospheres are predominantly made of H2-He. I can finally start to make my model more complicated and see if I can model some hazes and fit to real data to understand what is happening in the atmosphere!
This week was the week of the Perseids! I wrote about these last year, me and my friends decided to take a trip to Death Valley, a national park in America, to view them. We watched the meteors fly across the sky and then we slept under the stars.
I couldn’t get any clips of the meteors but I have clips from going to Death Valley in my latest video.
I also saw a deer on lab, yes there are wild deer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory!
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On my 8th week conducting research I learned a few hard lessons about what it is like to conduct real science, from realising I was going down the wrong path to getting stuck with no one who could help resolve the scenario.
With only 2 weeks left of being in the States we realised that what we had done previously wasn’t working and I am now coding up my own radiative transfer code which will model the Rayleigh properties of a specific exoplanet. I got my official badge this week (how did it take 2 months?!) and so more time spent at JPL would see me completing the task at a faster pace.
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This week sees me make more progress in the project, I managed to make a great connection between my python code and the fortran model. I should be able to start performing some analysis soon when I get the connection between HITRAN (a database which has information about the molecules in the atmosphere) and the fortran code.
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Week 6 was a slow week in terms of research, but I got to see a lot of LA!
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Week 5 sees me have my first official day at JPL. I loved the vibe there and the team are all lovely. The group are working on some really cool science!
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