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Conversation Between Nolafus and bobandbill
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  1. Nolafus
    September 14th, 2014 11:37 PM
    No, I don't think it does, haha. Although, it would be nice to not have to sleep. That's an extra eight hours to do stuff!

    They are very skittish, so if you make eye contact with one for too long, they run off. Although, you can pretty much approach one as long as you don't look at it.
  2. bobandbill
    September 14th, 2014 5:36 AM
    Does sleep count as procrastination?

    Neat at having deer over there! They appear to be nice animals to look at. Or maybe that's just Bambi. =p
  3. Nolafus
    September 6th, 2014 7:02 PM
    How can you procrastinate? Do you even sleep?

    Ah, so I guess it's like the same as deer up here. I see some in my parents' backyard once in a while, mainly around dinner. Although, they're still very shy and start running if you make eye contact for long enough.
  4. bobandbill
    September 6th, 2014 6:46 PM
    No, just 'bobandbill who somehow tries to do everything'. And everything includes some procastinating. =p

    Kangaroos - it depends where you live, I suppose. If you live out in the country like where I am atm then yes, there can be kangaroos right by your window when you wake up. If you are where my home is, you might see one every few months (or one a few times in a week). If you're in the city or a place without bushland in your 'backyard' like myself, then not at all.

    It kinda is, haha.
  5. Nolafus
    September 6th, 2014 6:38 PM
    What, you don't have time? I thought you were bobandbill who had time to do everything.

    Sounds pretty neat. You get to do all sorts of things!

    I've always wanted to see a kangaroo. Are they as common as movies and shows make them out to be? Like, you can have some kangaroos just wander through your backyard?

    That's pretty cool too! Your life must be busy right now!
  6. bobandbill
    September 6th, 2014 5:35 PM
    Yay, pictures! No comment on LoL (never played, and too many other games to play to get into something large atm, haha).

    Do where, exactly? If you mean atm, I'm doing observing with that telescope array I mentioned elsewhere ('ATCA' - Australia Telescope Compact Array - not the same as the one my project is concerned with but it does have relevance to a wider project team I/my project am/is part of). I'm on site with this telescope - even went inside it! I am alone atm which is kinda neat (everyone else had night shifts/stayed up late/went elsewhere). Just watching the observations get done and that nothing goes too wrong, taking notes if anything interesting pops up. This set up is actually pretty low maintenance. It's a similar bit of observing to what I told you later, but with less distant objects/differently selected objects.

    Neat weather, whole bunch of birds and kangaroos here too.

    If you mean with my main project, well I go down to the place where ASKAP (that telescope in question) stuff is done in Sydney to learn stuff and work with the team doing commissioning on it. Later on I'll be more hands-on in dealing with the data coming out as well. Plus I became a co-supervised student in that place now, so I might as well study a day each week or two there.
  7. Nolafus
    September 6th, 2014 4:59 PM
    I'll have to snap some pictures and post them! And right now, I'm just playing a lot of League of Legends. I admit, I'm hooked.

    So what exactly do you do there, then?
  8. bobandbill
    September 6th, 2014 4:32 PM
    What does the place look like then? :> Also I heard you have a lot of internet suddenly. Don't go mad with power now, or we'll miss you. D=

    Over the last few days some sources have been looked at in preliminary observations! I'm (and others) aren't there to look at the data so idk what was seen (assuming it all went well), but yay for stuff to look forward too after this trip.

    Yeah, won't be going there to do observing (but I do intend to see it at least once during my PhD =p). It's not a matter of being famous though, it's just how it's being run at the moment. It's directed remotely from Sydney, while engineers are working on it on the site (and elsewhere too).
  9. Nolafus
    September 2nd, 2014 8:25 AM
    And I'm just about done! All of the big stuff is over with, and the only thing that remains is the small stuff.

    Neat! Well, let me know if hydrogen was there, as now I'm a bit interested.

    Ah, so you won't actually go to the telescope, sad. Anyway, that's still pretty cool! Maybe you'll be famous enough to work the telescope one day. You know, after you made that incredible scientific discovery and all that jazz.
  10. bobandbill
    September 2nd, 2014 5:52 AM
    Work that kitchen!

    The sample was one I selected based on a previous survey, which I looked up information for and then examined in greater detail a bunch with certain characteristics. Basically though I chose objects that looked 'redder' than others, which is potentially due to stuff (gas or dust) being in the galaxy of the host radiation/between us and said galaxy. As you'd only see hydrogen absorption if hydrogen is actually there...

    I don't actually go to the telescope (although I probably will at some point) to do the observing here (but incidentally I am going to a different telescope for a different project this week!). In part because as I said elsewhere, it's on the other side of the country! It is operated from Sydney however, i.e. remotely. You can send commands to it to look at this part of the sky and observe for however long, etc. I'm not actually doing that either (it's way too expensive a project - particularly one being developed so it's not even easy to use/software stuff ongoing, etc - to be entrusted to a new PhD student, haha), but I did supply the targets and information, and my supervisors are passing it on. :)
  11. Nolafus
    September 1st, 2014 3:13 PM
    I just got done (internet was a priority, obviously), and I'm pretty excited. I still have to go through the kitchen stuff, but I'll wait until my roommate gets back from work to do that.

    Sweet! Well, hopefully something is there, because those papers that you have to write to explain something really simple tend to be painful. And where did you get the sample? When do you go to the telescope?
  12. bobandbill
    September 1st, 2014 4:44 AM
    Good luck with the moving!

    Well, I am hoping that we get some detections for hydrogen gas from this small sample I came up with! That is more interesting to examine and write about than 'we looked and didn't find anything for maybe these reasons'. Then I can look into more detail (why do some systems show it and not others, what is the gas doing, how that ties to the galaxy morphology, etc etc).
  13. Nolafus
    August 24th, 2014 1:11 PM
    Oh, I realized I didn't have enough information, so I had to ask my roommate some stuff at work. I'm going in on Monday now since they don't operate during the weekends.

    That sounds really cool! I'm fascinated about space and such, so that sounds really interesting. Are you hoping for anything in particular, or just looking and seeing what you find?
  14. bobandbill
    August 24th, 2014 6:18 AM
    How did the appointment go?

    Well, yes and no. Yes, in that you can find new planets in that way! There's actually a bunch of techniques used, but that is one of them.

    However, no is because it's not what my project is about. Instead of just stars, the telescope my project is concerned with is also looking at galaxies (so... a LOT of stars). In my project's case, really distant ones (billions of years ago away, so much so that they would appear like a point source or star in other wavelengths). Ideally we're going to use ones that are radiating a lot of radio energy right now (we're using those as a background source, or a searchlight, if you will).

    The spectra it looks for against these sources should indicate if there's any hydrogen gas absorbing this radiation either near the source (which means there's neutral, relatively cold hydrogen gas in the same galaxy as the radiating source) or in a galaxy between us and the source. You need cold neutral gas (and lots of it!) to form stars, so knowing which sorts of galaxies have gas tells us about galaxy structure, and also knowing these details in distant and hence 'early-type' galaxies can help us know how galaxies evolved over the ages. There's a lot in those areas we don't yet know.
  15. Nolafus
    August 21st, 2014 9:34 PM
    I actually have an appointment with the people that run the place tomorrow so that they can get started with the background check. If I wake up for the alarm that is, haha.

    Ooh, that sounds exciting! Well, not the sick part, but the part about your project. So you're using the spectra to find stars that could potentially have planets, right? I think I watched a show on this. If I remember correctly, you can actually use the spectra to measure a star's pattern, and if it changes over a period of time, that means that something moved in front of it, like a planet. I think that's right. Well it better be, or else I'm just rambling at this point.

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