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 ===== Ralph Roulston ===== ===== Ralph Roulston =====
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 I am a lower sixth student from Lagan College, Belfast, where I am currently studying Maths, Physics and ICT.  I came to Queen'​s University for a week of work experience from the 11th February to the 15th of February because I wanted to see what Astrophysicists do in their jobs and I also hope to do Astrophysics at Queens in a couple of years. ​ When I arrived I was provided with a Mac to do all my work and research. ​ On the first day I was given a task by Dr Pedro Lacerda to track the movement of a comet called Amphios in the Kuiper Belt using images Pedro had given me.  I used a programme called Gaia to work out the light given off by Amphios and then recorded the values into a table. ​ I then created a graph showing brightness against time but unfortunately the results where not very good.  I then tracked the movement of another comet called 2002GH32 but this one was a lot more difficult because it was very faint in the images so when I created a graph showing brightness against time for 2002GH32 the results where also poor.  Pedro then gave me information on a dwarf planet called Haumea. ​ Using this information I was able to work out how long it took Haumea to make one full rotation. ​ I was then given a formula which allowed me to workout the size and shape of the dwarf planet. ​ Then with the values I worked out, I used a website called wolframalpha.com to give me a visual display of what Haumea would roughly look like. I am a lower sixth student from Lagan College, Belfast, where I am currently studying Maths, Physics and ICT.  I came to Queen'​s University for a week of work experience from the 11th February to the 15th of February because I wanted to see what Astrophysicists do in their jobs and I also hope to do Astrophysics at Queens in a couple of years. ​ When I arrived I was provided with a Mac to do all my work and research. ​ On the first day I was given a task by Dr Pedro Lacerda to track the movement of a comet called Amphios in the Kuiper Belt using images Pedro had given me.  I used a programme called Gaia to work out the light given off by Amphios and then recorded the values into a table. ​ I then created a graph showing brightness against time but unfortunately the results where not very good.  I then tracked the movement of another comet called 2002GH32 but this one was a lot more difficult because it was very faint in the images so when I created a graph showing brightness against time for 2002GH32 the results where also poor.  Pedro then gave me information on a dwarf planet called Haumea. ​ Using this information I was able to work out how long it took Haumea to make one full rotation. ​ I was then given a formula which allowed me to workout the size and shape of the dwarf planet. ​ Then with the values I worked out, I used a website called wolframalpha.com to give me a visual display of what Haumea would roughly look like.
                                                             ​                                                             ​
 {{:​public:​news:​haumea_sim.jpg?​nolink |}}I would like to thank everyone in the Astrophysics department for allowing me to have this wonderful experience and allowing me to use their facilities. I would especially like to thank Neil Meharg for organising everything for me, giving me a tour of the campus on my first day and always making sure I was getting on ok.  I would also like to thank Pedro for taking up a lot of his time to teach me about our solar system, help me with all of my tasks, and teach me how to use a mac!  This week's experience has got me even more interested in Astrophysics and I am hopeful I can come and study here after I have finished my A-levels."​ {{:​public:​news:​haumea_sim.jpg?​nolink |}}I would like to thank everyone in the Astrophysics department for allowing me to have this wonderful experience and allowing me to use their facilities. I would especially like to thank Neil Meharg for organising everything for me, giving me a tour of the campus on my first day and always making sure I was getting on ok.  I would also like to thank Pedro for taking up a lot of his time to teach me about our solar system, help me with all of my tasks, and teach me how to use a mac!  This week's experience has got me even more interested in Astrophysics and I am hopeful I can come and study here after I have finished my A-levels."​
  
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