Photo of the Week
November 5, 2004
Comet P/2004 T1
Photo by Dr. Doug Durig and G. A. T. Morris
University of the South, Sewanee, TN - October 5, 2004
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Comet p/2004 T1 was photographed soon after
its discovery by Dr. Durig and his student G. Morris in Sewanee, TN
using a modest telescope: Meade 12-inch with a CCD camera (SBIG ST-9E)
with a 5 minute exposure. The comet near the center of the
photograph was discovered by the LINEAR spacecraft only a few days
before. Dr. Durig and his student were able to accurately measure
the comet's position in several photographs and report the coordinates
to the Minor Planet Center ephemerides. (IAUC: 8416 p/2004
T1). This is an example of undergraduate students participating
in active research at an undergraduate institution.
Part of this study has been funded by the Teaching and
Technology: Stage II, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the
Appalachian College Association.
The funding finances a cooperative program between Alice Lloyd College
(Dr. Deb Hopkins), University of the South (Dr. Doug Durig) and Warren
Wilson College (Dr. Don Collins). Dr. Collins is presenting a
summary of several results of the cooperative project at the meeting of
the ACA Technology Summit on Nov. 5, 2004 in Abingdon, VA.
Physics Photo of the Week is
published weekly during the academic year on Fridays by the Warren
Wilson College Physics
Department. These photos feature an interesting phenomena in
the world around us. Students, faculty, and others are invited to
submit digital (or film) photographs for publication and
explanation. Atmospheric phenomena are especially welcome.
Please send any photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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