Week 9: The Math of Astronomy

May 26, 2023

Hello and welcome back to my blog! This week I completed my Yale course: Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics. It was a very good overview of modern exoplanet science and the different methods of detection, and I would definitely recommend the course to those interested in learning more. I also completed my Python for Astronomers textbook which has greatly helped me learn how the EXOTIC code works so I can better explain it in my presentation and final deliverable. I’m still a bit new at coding so I don’t understand all of it but the text was easy to follow and very relevant to the particular code I’m working on. For the rest of this week and next week, I will be calculating the results of all of my light curves and compiling information on the implications of the data. I am using Transits and Occultations by Joshua N. Winn as my primary text along with help from Dr. Tanner to learn and apply the relevant equations with the data from my light curves. Here’s a snippet from the textbook to show you some of the work I’ve been doing:

I will use these equations and many more to characterize all the planets I have researched. That’s all for this week! Thank you for reading. 

  • Maren Willard

2 Replies to “Week 9: The Math of Astronomy”

  1. Katey B. says:

    Congrats on completing the Yale course! What kind of results are you expecting from your calculations on the results of your light curves?

  2. Michael Antonio B. says:

    This is really impressive stuff! What software are you using to code and does the software make a big impact and your work?

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