Podcaster: Rob Sparks

NEID spectrometer is being installed and it will soon start to search for exoplanets by using the Doppler, or Radial Velocity (RV), effect. 

Title: SMASH and the Local Group Cluster Search

Organization: NOAO

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Description: The Survey of the Magellanic Stellar History (SMASH) survey is studying the history of the large and small Magellanic galaxies. In this podcast, Dr. Knut Olson describes the SMASH survey and the citizen science project, the Local Group Cluster Search, where citizen scientists can help analyze data from the SMASH Survey.


Rob Sparks is a Science Education Specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. A lifelong astronomy enthusiast, he earned a B.A. in physics at Grinnell College and his M.S. at Michigan State University. He taught high school physics, math and astronomy for 11 years at schools on St. Croix, Florida and Wisconsin. He spent the 2001-2002 school year working on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey as a recipient of the Fermilab Teacher Fellowship. He spent the summer of 2003 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory as part of the Research Experience for Teachers. He has been working as a NASA Astrophysics Ambassador since 2002.

Dr. Knut Olson is an astronomer at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson. He studies the Magellanic clouds and has been instrumental in developing the NOAO Data Lab.

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