Brainstorming Team Ideas
At the 2nd workshop the CS staff and members of the advisory panel brainstormed some team ideas. Here is a list, crudely deciphered from a collection of hand- and ipad-written notes from Brian, Rebecca and Aaron. These are open ideas for any team to adopt. If something interests you, feel free to ask more about it or just to state that you'd be interested in leading or participating on a team working on that idea.
- Novae searching with DSLRs
- Build database of Fourier coefficients for Miras (note: this team has already been started and is active)
- Short period evolutionary changes of Miras
- Look for flares in red stars using data from the AAVSO International Database (AID)
- Look for trends in discrepant data in the AID
- There are lots of under-analyzed stars in the AAVSO. A team could adopt some of these stars and do some basic research to characterize them (period, amplitude, changes in both over time, historical records, etc.). The AAVSO has a list we can share with teams.
- Looking for variables in the public Kepler data
- Expand and maintain the epsilon Aurigae Wikipedia page
- Tutorials on doing spectroscopy of bright stars
- Update VSX - VSX is our main database of variable stars. It includes parameters of stars such as their brightness range and periods. However, much of the parameters are from older publications (sometimes over a century old!) and need to be updated. VStar can be used to go through sets of stars and update these values, which will help other astronomers do population studies and/or plan observations.
The following is a sample of current teams that are currently active:
- VStar Software Development: Development of the VStar data analysis package. It needs people to test the software and/or help write documentation.
- Southern Gems: They just published a 10-Star Tutorial for the southern hemisphere and are planning new projects.
- Aesthetic Solutions: They create some of the scientifically-accurate illustrations used to describe the epsilon Aurigae system and are assisting the VStar team with user interface design.
- DSLR Documentation & Reduction: They are putting the finishing touches on an awesome DSLR photometry tutorial.
- Historical Perspectives: They are preparing a paper about the historical observations of epsilon Aurigae, perhaps focusing on the technological changes over the years.
- Astronomers Without Telescopes: This is a new team focused on using robotic telescope systems.
- Mark I Eyeball Team: This team is attempting to statistically determine the precision and accuracy of visual observations.
So what other ideas do you have? Post them to this forum. No idea is too easy or too difficult to discuss!