Statistics and Astronomy course
1. The ask is for you to make connections between our class content and the world around you. You’ll do this by writing related news, research, and information on these topics. Perhaps it’s an article that shows a histogram, or the mean, median, or mode. Sharing your source of information, add the link to your paragraphs, and discuss about how the fields of Astronomy and Statistics play out in our daily lives.
You should have three separte paragraphs each introduce one source (credible sources only please!) and summarize what you found important, meaningful, intriguing, or surprising in a 100 -150 word (each paragraph) summary as it relate to the topic.
Number the paragraphs.
1. My first article …. (source one) (100-120 words)
2. My secoond article …. (source two) (100-120 words)
3. My final article … (source three) (100-120 words)
Include the source and the following info for each source
Why the information is meaningful (what’s the basic issue)?
How the discovery/research/findings/work was done?
What was found—what were the results, findings/conclusions, and recommendations?
2. Reply tthoughtfully o the following discussion posts (75 – 100 words for each post)
Post 1: “I read an article from Phys.org titled, “Astronomers confirm size of largest comet ever discovered, bigger than Rhode Island (https://phys.org/news/2022-04-astronomers-size-largest-comet-bigger.html)” The focus was on the confirmation of the size of Comet C/2014 UN271, which had been speculated about since its discovery in 2014. This process was drawn out for so long due to the comet’s distance of 3 billion miles from the Sun when it was first observed, which was only made possible by the comet’s impressive measurements. The comet was discovered by Pedro Bernardinelli and Gary Bernstein as they spotted it in archival images. Man-To Hui of the Macau University of Science and Technology in Taipa, Macau led the study in which his team of astronomers first took images of the comet with the Hubble telescope, then they used computer models to isolate the volume of the comet without its trail, and finally they took the nucleus photos and compared its brightness to radio observations from Chile’s, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. After conducting this research, the astronomers identified the comet to be “about 80 miles wide, larger than Rhode Island. Its nucleus is estimated to weigh 500 trillion tons, about 100,000 times greater than most comets.” By learning more about this colossal comet, the community will hopefully be able to gather more information about the Oort Cloud, which is thought to be nesting ground for trillions of comets that has not been located or observed yet.”
Post 2: https://phys.org/news/2022-05-mystery-frost-mars.html
“My article is titled “Solving the mystery of frost hiding on Mars
(Link above)” by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter revealed images of what appears to be frost on the surface of Mars, presumably frost made out of carbon dioxide. The discovery was made by the orbiter’s ability to use a heat-sensitive camera to observe hidden streaks in areas that were not visible when looking at the planet with visible light. The discovered streaks of the vaporized frost lead scientists to conclude that an avalanche has resulted from dust grains becoming loose due to the streaks. The dry ice found on Mars typically vaporizes within minutes which makes this discovery all the more fascinating. ”
Post 3: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us/
“This is a polling sample aimed to project the opinions of the entire population. It says at the bottom that it is based on a national survey “n > 28,000.” Based on what we’ve done for this class, I assume N is the number of people surveyed. If that is the case I understand how they can make a fairly accurate estimation of the U.S. population’s opinion. For each state’s opinion, they used different models to test their hypotheses, similar to what we have done in class. The researchers concluded that 72% of Americans believe that global warming is happening. What is surprising is that despite that the majority of Americans believe global warming is happening, only 35% of Americans discuss global warming at least occasionally. I would assume that this is the reason why not enough action is done to combat global warming and is something that we should focus on changing. “
Statistics and Astronomy course