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Spacer In December 1996, the Hubble Space Telescope spent 10 days observing a single patch in the sky resulting in the deepest, most detailed optical view of the universe ever done. The image assembled from 342 separate exposures is called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF). The goal of this lab is to have the students analyze data from the HDF and the follow-up ground based observations and to use this data to investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies.

Spacer The lab work is done on a computer using software developed by Alberto Fernandez-Soto (State University of New York at Stony Brook) who has used the HDF and the ground based observations to create a "clickable" map of the HDF. Using this software, the students are required to collect the following data on 30 different galaxies:

  • Type of galaxy

  • Color

  • Size (cm)

  • Size (arcsecond)

  • Size (kpc)

  • Redshift

  • Age

  • V Flux

  • I Flux

  • V/I

Spacer The techniques used to use analyze this data to gain information on the formation and evolution of galaxies is left up to the student to devise.

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Introductory

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Number of set-ups available: 1

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1 computer workstation with the appropriate software installed 1 flexible plastic ruler with cm rulings

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