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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007May24 0436 UT [Stardate: May. 23rd, 2007|10:35 pm]
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[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Alizée - J'en ai Marre]

Project Code: BK133B [VLBA]
Title: Monitoring of an unusual GPS quasar 0858-279
Wavelengths used: 13cm, 1cm, 20cm, 2cm, 4cm, 6cm
Observation time: 2007May23 2038 to 2007May24 0338
My time with Observation: 2007May23 2145 to 2007May24 0338

and

Project Code: BE050J [VLBA]
Title: Confining the Accretion Process for SgrA*
Wavelengths used: 1cm, 3mm, 7mm
Observation time: 2007May24 0357 to 2007May24 1255
My time with Observation: 2007May24 0357 to 2007May24 0545



This second one is something we've been doing a lot lately. I'm currently working on two parts of it right now - observing part J and correlating part A (part B is also ready to correlate, but I won't be able to get to it on my shift). Some of us are getting tired of the BE050 series. I think J is the last one, though.

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007May13 1250 UT [Stardate: May. 13th, 2007|06:50 am]
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omnipaul
[Tags|]
[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Come On Eileen (I think this is the Save Ferris version)]

Project Code: C071A [OTHER]
Title: 3MM May 11, 00h00 UT - May 15, 05h30 UT
Wavelengths used: 7mm, 3mm
Observation time: 2007May11 0456 to 2007May14 2352
My time with Observation: 2007May13 0145 to 2007May13 1345 AND 2007May14 0145 to 2007May14 1345


This is a massively long observation (~91 hrs.) that isn't really ours. It's only VLBA stations, so it's not technically a global, but it's going to be correlated elsewhere - specifically Bonn, Germany. Something interesting to note about this (since the title is so boring) is the Estimated Maximum Disk Space: 10,681 GB per station. There's 8 station in the observation (St. Croix and Hancock are too wet climate-wise for 3mm scans, so they're not in it). That's a lot of data, and it's being recorded at over 500 Mbps, so we're being pretty rough on these disk packs. Fortunately, they're not ours.

So, that's my weekend.

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007Apr26 1250 UT [Stardate: Apr. 26th, 2007|06:50 am]
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omnipaul
[Tags|]
[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Wish I Could Stay]

Project Code: BW086E [VLBA]
Title: Polarimetric monitoring of blazar 3C454.3
Wavelengths used: 1cm, 2cm, 3mm, 4cm, 6cm, 7mm
Observation time: 2007Apr26 0956 to 2007Apr26 2156
My time with Observation: 2007Apr26 0956 to 2007Apr26 1345

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007Apr25 1339 UT [Stardate: Apr. 25th, 2007|07:38 am]
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omnipaul
[Tags|]
[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Walk Through the Fire]

Project Code: BB241 [VLBA]
Title: Proper Motion of 3C 58s pulsar
Wavelengths used: 20cm
Observation time: 2007Apr25 0625 to 2007Apr25 1814
My time with Observation: 2007Apr25 0625 to 2007Apr25 1345


For this observation, two additional telescopes beyond the VLBA were used: the Green Bank Telescope and the Effelsberg Telescope in Germany

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007Apr20 0014 UT [Stardate: Apr. 19th, 2007|06:12 pm]
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omnipaul
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[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Blue October - Into the Ocean (IMH)]

Project Code: BL150C [VLBA]
Title: Taurus Survey
Wavelengths used: 4cm
Observation time: 2007Apr19 2300 to 2007Apr20 0342
My time with Observation: 2007Apr19 2300 to 2007Apr20 0342

Yes, this is a continuation of a previous observation.

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007Apr18 2145 UT [Stardate: Apr. 18th, 2007|03:44 pm]
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omnipaul
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[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Nightwish - Dead to the World]

Project Code: BL137Q [VLBA]
Title: MOJAVE-II Program: monitoring of jets in AGN with VLBA experiments
Wavelengths used: 2cm
Observation time: 2007Apr18 0622 to 2007Apr19 0616
My time with Observation: 2007Apr18 2145 to 2007Apr19 0545


Also, something I found of interest today in my NRAO e-mail:


What do Brown Dwarfs have in common with Pulsars?Collapse )



-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007Apr13 2016 UT [Stardate: Apr. 13th, 2007|02:14 pm]
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omnipaul
[Tags|]
[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Nightwish - End of all Hope]

Project Code: BL150B [VLBA]
Title: Taurus Survey
Wavelengths used: 4cm
Observation time: 2007Apr13 1644 to 2007Apr14 0500
My time with Observation: 2007Apr13 1644 to 2007Apr13 2145

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007APR11 2020 UT [Stardate: Apr. 11th, 2007|02:13 pm]
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omnipaul
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[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Nightwish - Bless the Child]

Well, I'm finally back onto a "regular" shift after a month of floating/cover shifts. However, I've only been on the tail end of a couple of projects, so there hasn't been much to put here until today.

Project Code: BM247H [VLBA]
Title: Structural monitoring of radio galaxy jets
Wavelengths used: 7mm
Observation time: 2007Apr11 1754 to 2007Apr12 1754
My time with Observation: 2007Apr11 1754 to 2007Apr12 2145 and 2007Apr12 1345 to 2007Apr12 1754

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007Mar25 1200 UT [Stardate: Mar. 25th, 2007|05:53 am]
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omnipaul
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[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Aerosmith - Cryin']

We seem to be doing a lot of stuff on measuring parallax and studying masers lately. Although, I think all of them (at the very least, both of these, of which one is a continuation of one I posted about before) are being done by the same observer.


Project Code: BR121G [VLBA]
Title: Trigonometric Parallax for masers at the Galactic Center
Wavelengths used: 1cm
Observation time: 2007Mar25 0832 to 2007Mar25 1633
My time with Observation: 2007Mar25 0832 to 2007Mar25 1345

I'll go ahead and put tomorrow's on here too, while I'm at it.

Project Code: BR100BD [VLBA]
Title: Parallax and proper motions of methanol masers
Wavelengths used: 2cm
Observation time: 2007Mar25 2045 to 2007Mar26 0649
My time with Observation: 2007Mar26 0145 to 2007Mar26 0649

-Omni
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[Astro-log] Stardate 2007Mar18 2023 UT [Stardate: Mar. 18th, 2007|02:22 pm]
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omnipaul
[Tags|]
[Earthly Locale? |NRAO Socorro]
[How do Black Holes feel today? |working]
[What lies between the silences of the Universe? |Evanescence - My Immortal]

Project Code: BR100FD [VLBA]
Title: Parallax and proper motions of methanol masers
Wavelengths used: 2cm
Observation time: 2007Mar18 0900 to 2007Mar18 1856
My time with Observation: 2007Mar18 1345 to 2007Mar18 1856

I decided to go ahead and add another line to my reports. The project code listed above is how we reference all projects we do. All files used have the project code in the name of the file, such as br100fdcrd.pt, which is the card file for the Pie Town antenna. Card files are used to tell the antennas what they should be doing during the observations. The reason I'm adding this information is two-fold: first of all, so that I can come back and reference the project codes in case I see anything that becomes newsworthy; second, to make a point about the following project.

Project Code: BR123D [VLBI]
Title: Unique observational constraints on SiO maser polarization and pumping th...
Wavelengths used: 7mm
Observation time: 2007Mar18 2200 to 2007Mar18 0800
My time with Observation: 2007Mar18 2200 to 2007Mar18 0145


You may notice that the information for this project is quite similar to one of yesterday's projects. This is because it is the 4th observation for this project, hence the D in the project code. Yesterday's project of the same title was BR123C.

I'm not entirely sure what the initial letters stand for in the project code. I'm sure information about the project is encoded in the letters, but I haven't been told how. For example, I know that any MTxxx project is the weekly test. In fact, for these, even the number part of the project is significant, for example MT708 would be the MT test for the 08th week of the 7th year of the current decade. I know what some other codes stand for, but I'm going to start keeping track of them so that I can compare them and figure them out for myself.

-Omni
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