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faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Associate Professor of Astronomy Dimitri Mawet Credit: Lance Hayashida/CaltechThe star HR 8799 has three planets (b, c, and d) that can be seen with the vortex coronagraph. The ‘X’ marks the nulled-out star’s position. Credit: E. Serabyn, D. Mawet, and R. Burrus/Caltech/JPLAssociate Professor of Astronomy Dimitri Mawet has joined Caltech from the Paranal Observatory in Chile, where he was a staff astronomer for the Very Large Telescope. After earning his PhD at the University of Liège, Belgium, in 2006, he was at JPL from 2007 to 2011—first as a NASA postdoctoral scholar and then as a research scientist.Q: What do you do?A: I study exoplanets, which are planets orbiting other stars. In particular, I’m developing technologies to view exoplanets directly and analyze their atmospheres. We’re hunting for small, Earth-like planets where life might exist—in other words, planets that get just the right amount of heat to maintain water in its liquid state—but we’re not there yet. For an exoplanet to be imaged right now, it has to be really big and really bright, which means it’s very hot.In order to be seen in the glare of its star, the planet has to be beyond a minimum angular separation called the inner working angle. Separations can also be expressed in astronomical units, or AUs, where one AU is the mean distance between the sun and Earth. Right now we can get down to about two AU—but only for giant planets. For example, we recently imaged Beta Pictoris and HR 8799. We didn’t find anything at two AU in either star system, but we found that Beta Pictoris harbors a planet about eight times more massive than Jupiter orbiting at 9 AU. And we see a family of four planets in the five- to seven-Jupiters range that orbit from 14 to 68 AU around HR 8799. For comparison, Saturn is 9.5 AU from the sun, and Neptune is 30 AU.Q: How can we narrow the working angle?A: You either build an interferometer, which blends the light from two or more telescopes and “nulls out” the star, or you build a coronagraph, which blots out the star’s light. Most coronagraphs block the star’s image by putting a physical mask in the optical path. The laws of physics say their inner working angles can’t be less than the so-called diffraction limit, and most coronagraphs work at three to five times that. However, when I was a grad student, I invented a coronagraph that works at the diffraction limit.The key is that we don’t use a physical mask. Instead, we create an “optical vortex” that expels the star’s light from the instrument. Some of our vortex masks are made from liquid-crystal polymers, similar to your smartphone’s display, except that the molecules are “frozen” into orientations that force light waves passing through the center of the mask to emerge in different phase states simultaneously. This is not something nature allows, so the light’s energy is nulled out, creating a “dark hole.”If we point the telescope so the star’s image lands exactly on the vortex, its light will be filtered out, but any light that’s not perfectly centered on the vortex—such as light from the planets, or from a dust disk around the star—will be slightly off-axis and will go on through to the detector.We’re also pushing to overcome the enormous contrast ratio between the very bright star and the much dimmer planet. Getting down to the Earth-like regime requires a contrast ratio of 10 billion to 1, which is really huge. The best contrast ratios achieved on ground-based telescopes today are more like 1,000,000 to 1. So we need to pump it up by another factor of 10,000.Even so, we can do a lot of comparative exoplanetology, studying any and all kinds of planets in as many star systems as we can. The variety of objects around other stars—and within our own solar system—is mind-boggling. We are discovering totally unexpected things.Q: Such as?A: Twenty years ago, people were surprised to discover hot Jupiters, which are huge, gaseous planets that orbit extremely close to their stars—as close as 0.04 AU, or one-tenth the distance between the sun and Mercury. We have nothing like them in our solar system. They were discovered indirectly, by the wobble they imparted to their star or the dimming of their star’s light as the planet passed across the line of sight. But now, with high-contrast imaging, we can actually see—directly—systems of equally massive planets that orbit tens or even hundreds of AU’s away from their stars, which is baffling.Planets form within circumstellar disks of dust and gas, but these disks get very tenuous as you go farther from the star. So how did these planets form? One hypothesis is that they formed where we see them, and thus represent failed attempts to become multiple star systems. Another hypothesis is that they formed close to the star, where the disk is more massive, and eventually expelled one another by gravitational interactions.We’re trying to answer that question by starting at the outskirts of these planetary systems, looking for massive, hot planets in the early stages of formation, and then grind our way into the inner reaches of older planetary systems as we learn to reduce the working angle and deal with ever more daunting contrast ratios. Eventually, we will be able to trace the complete history of planetary formation.Q: How can you figure out the history?Once we see the planet, once we have its signal in our hands, so to speak, we can do all kinds of very cool measurements. We can measure its position, that’s called astrometry; we can measure its brightness, which is photometry; and, if we have enough signal, we can sort the light into its wavelengths and do spectroscopy.As you repeat the astrometry measurements over time, you resolve the planet’s orbit by following its motion around its star. You can work out masses, calculate the system’s stability. If you add the time axis to spectrophotometry, you can begin to track atmospheric features and measure the planet’s rotation, which is even more amazing.Soon we’ll be able to do what we call Doppler imaging, which will allow us to actually map the surface of the planet. We’ll be able to resolve planetary weather phenomena. That’s already been done for brown dwarfs, which are easier to observe than exoplanets. The next generation of adaptive optics on really big telescopes like the Thirty Meter Telescope should get us down to planetary-mass objects.That’s why I’m so excited about high-contrast imaging, even though it’s so very, very hard to do. Most of what we know about exoplanets has been inferred. Direct imaging will tell us so much more about exoplanets—what they are made out of and how they form, evolve, and interact with their surroundings.Q: Growing up, did you always want to be an astronomer?A: No. I wanted to get into space sciences—rockets, satellite testing, things like that. I grew up in Belgium and studied engineering at the University of Liège, which runs the European Space Agency’s biggest testing facility, the Space Center of Liège. I had planned to do my master’s thesis there, but there were no openings the year I got my diploma.I was not considering a thesis in astronomy, but I nevertheless went back to campus, to the astrophysics department. I knew some of the professors because I had taken courses with them. One of them, Jean Surdej, suggested that I work on a concept called the Four-Quadrant Phase-Mask (FQPM) coronagraph, which had been invented by French astronomer Daniel Rouan. I had been a bit hopeless, thinking I would not find a project I would like, but Surdej changed my life that day.The FQPM was one of the first coronagraphs designed for very-small-working-angle imaging of extrasolar planets. These devices performed well in the lab, but had not yet been adapted for use on telescopes. Jean, and later on Daniel, asked me to help build two FQPMs—one for the “planet finder” on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, or VLT, in Chile; and one for the Mid-Infrared Instrument that will fly on the James Webb Space Telescope, which is being built to replace the Hubble Space Telescope.I spent many hours in Liège’s Hololab, their holographic laboratory, playing with photoresists and lasers. It really forged my sense of what the technology could do. And along the way, I came up with the idea for the optical vortex.Then I went to JPL as a NASA postdoc with Eugene Serabyn. I still spent my time in the lab, but now I was testing things in the High Contrast Imaging Testbed, which is the ultimate facility anywhere in the world for testing coronagraphs. It has a vacuum tank, six feet in diameter and eight feet long, and inside the tank is an optical table with a state-of-the-art deformable mirror. I got a few bruises crawling around in the tank setting up the vortex masks and installing and aligning the optics.The first vortex coronagraph actually used on the night sky was the one we installed on the 200-inch Hale Telescope down at Palomar Observatory. The Hale’s adaptive optics enabled us to image the planets around HR 8799, as well as brown dwarfs, circumstellar disks, and binary star systems. That was a fantastic and fun learning experience.So I developed my physics and manufacturing intuition in Liège, my experimental and observational skills at JPL, and then I went to Paranal where I actually applied my research. I spent about 400 nights observing at the VLT; I installed two new vortex coronagraphs with my Liège collaborators; and I became the instrument scientist for SPHERE, to which I had contributed 10 years before when it was called the planet finder. And I learned how a major observatory operates—the ins and outs of scheduling, and all the vital jobs that are performed by huge teams of engineers. They far outnumber the astronomers, and nothing would function without them.And now I am super excited to be here. Caltech and JPL have so many divisions and departments and satellites—like Caltech’s Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy and JPL’s Science Division, both my new professional homes, but also Caltech’s Division of Geology and Planetary Sciences, the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, etc. We are well-connected to the University of California. There are so many bridges to build between all these places, and synergies to benefit from. This is really a central place for innovation. I think, for me, that this is definitely the center of the world. 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Deaf dancer and choreographer Antoine Hunter carries with him a joy of movement and a mission of artistic leadership. Leading dozens of students in a master class at the Harvard Dance Center, Hunter said he believes “all people are born with an element of creativity.”“Art is live, and it has the power to heal, to bring the community together, to educate,” he said.The founding artistic director of the Urban Jazz Dance Company in San Francisco and producer of the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, Hunter grew up in a tough Northern California neighborhood.“Dance saved my life,” he said, recalling the isolation he experienced as a young person born deaf. “Oftentimes I felt people couldn’t understand me.”,His company incorporates many dance genres, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and African, as well as including sign language as part of an aesthetic that he describes as gritty and raw and “fresh with unexpected movement.”“Our goal is to bring the community together and inspire people, regardless of age or hearing levels,” he said in an email. “Most importantly, we strive to teach, present and inspire that ‘Deaf can do anything’ in art forms.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is blasting newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, calling the far-right Georgia Republican’s embrace of conspiracy theories and “loony lies” a “cancer for the Republican Party.” The statement Monday comes as House Democrats are mounting an effort to formally rebuke Greene, who has a history of making racist remarks, promoting conspiracy theories and endorsing violence directed at Democrats. Democrats have said they will strip Greene of her committee assignments if House Republican leadership refuses to. Greene says Democrats will regret the move if Republicans regain the majority after the 2022 elections.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The old guys dominating Capitol Hill apparently still haven’t grown up, especially when it comes to drooling over attractive women.New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, reveals in her forthcoming book Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World that several elected officials made sleazy, sexist comments about her weight. One older male colleague told her: “Good thing you’re working out, because you don’t want to get porky!” according People magazine.New York’s junior senator details a conversation with another colleague, a Congressman, who observed: “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat.”Gillibrand, who succeeded Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2009, told Vogue in 2010 that she lost more than 40 pounds after becoming senator and gained 20 back during her second pregnancy. Observing a strict diet and playing tennis helped her lose the weight she gained, Gillibrand told the magazine.One day, after she’d shed those pounds, a male senator suddenly grabbed her wrist and warned her: “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.”It doesn’t appear that Gillibrand will be naming names in the book—and she’s giving the men a pass, according to People.“It was all statements that were being made by men who were well into their 60s, 70s or 80s,” she told the magazine. “They had no clue that those are inappropriate things to say to a pregnant woman or a woman who just had a baby or to women in general.”There’s been several occasions in which elected officials felt compelled to discuss Gillibrand’s appearance and not her politics.In 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, during a fundraiser for ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reportedly said, “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member,” according to Politico.Gillibrand previously served in the House of Representatives. In 2009, she was tapped by former New York Gov. David Paterson to succeed Clinton.Off the Sidelines is slated to be released Sept. 9.
India and Australia are set to go up against each other, starting November 21, in three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three One-day Internationals and former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes Australia can spring a surprise against India in Tests.Experts from both camps have been very vocal about who would win the Test series down under with most touting India as favourites considering a ‘weakened’ Australian side.Australia will be without their most prolific batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner after Cricket Australia unanimously voted against reducing their bans.However, Waugh pointed out India’s “ordinary” overseas track record in the past few years and said Australia have a solid chance against this Indian side.Also read – Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David Warner”India, they’re talking up a good game but they’ve come off a pretty disappointing series in England … their away form is pretty ordinary over the past five or 10 years,” Waugh was quoted by Fox Sports. “I think Australia might surprise actually.””I think if Australia can score 350 runs in our first innings we’ll win the Test match,” said Waugh. “Our bowlers are world class and particularly in our conditions we’ll take 20 wickets. As long as we can score runs, if we get 350 in the first innings, we’ll win the series.”READ – Steve Smith and David Warner to serve out bans in full: Cricket AustraliaWaugh did mention that India are a good side and they see this as their opportunity to grab and get a Test series win in Australia.advertisement”They (India) have got a very good side. They will see this as their best opportunity to win in Australia for a long time,” Waugh said.Waugh also touted Virat Kohli as a “great leader and batsman” and said if a couple more follow the captain and score runs, they have a chance against Australia.Also read – Australia skipper Aaron Finch ready to challenge India in T20I series”(Virat) Kohli is a great leader and a great batsman. If a couple of others follow him in and start scoring runs they have a chance.”Kohli has a simple message for his men as they embark on another tour of Australia: learn from your mistakes, minimise them and pay heed to details.Kohli wants his team to do the little things right. Not doing that hurt India in the Test series in South Africa and the Test and ODI series in England.READ – India name playing XI for 1st T20I vs Australia, Rishabh Pant to keep wickets”We don’t want to be a team that wins one odd Test match here and there,” Kohli told reporters on Tuesday. “We have figured out our mistakes in England which, I have mentioned before, were very radical.”The quality of cricket was very high but our mistakes were as radical and that’s why we lost the games. We won the game in which we committed fewer mistakes. We were at par with the other team throughout.”I think we have the ability to keep competing with the other team and in Test cricket whichever team makes fewer mistakes wins the game. That’s the general rule.”Also watch –
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Can you imagine? The General wielding his musket as he traipses down Highway 51 towards his personal cathedral all lit up and shimmering in the Oklahoma mist for 13 more games? It’s quite a thought.On Monday, Mike Gundy said it could happen. J.W. Walsh could petition the NCAA for a 6th year of eligibility.Mike Gundy thinks JW Walsh would be good candidate to get a 6th year of eligibility. Would have to file papers after regular season— Curtis Fitzpatrick (@cfitzfox) November 2, 2015AdChoices广告Walsh actually said earlier this year that he didn’t think he could get a 6th year.“We’ve talked about it but I don’t know if I’m even eligible. I don’t think I am,” said Walsh. “If they would (allow it), maybe. But it’s one of those things that it’s just kinda of an if because I don’t even think I’m able to ask for another year.”Apparently that has changed. And I don’t know why it wouldn’t. This isn’t unprecedented. Jason White tore his ACL in his second game in 2002. The same game Walsh was injured in last year.Jason White…JW…hmmm https://t.co/lD56nOnSCf— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 2, 2015I wrote about this briefly last season, and something Jason Kersey wrote a few years ago for the Oklahoman explains it well.A student-athlete can apply for a medical hardship waiver, which allows for an extra year of eligibility, if he or she suffers an injury or illness that prevents them from finishing the current season.The injury must occur during the first half of the season, and the player can’t have participated in more than three games (or 30 percent of the scheduled games, whichever is greater).Check and check last season for Walsh. Kersey went on to note that the Big 12 is the organization that does the distributing of redshirts. This will be interesting. OSU could certainly use Walsh for another season and it sounds like he would be open to it (he’s clearly enjoyed Stillwater). He could be our new Gabe Lindsay!
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State and Southeastern Louisiana will tee it up on Saturday in Stillwater for the 2016 home opener. Here is everything you need to know.PreviewsUniformsTime2:30 p.m. CSTTelevisionFSNBroadcast team: Brendan Burke | Brian Baldinger | Christian SteckelStreamingFOX GoRadioCowboy Radio NetworkTuneInSirius (119)XM (199)Let’s do this.We’ve arrived! #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/kLmAcB6OSF— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 2016