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Another paper by IFA students to be published in esteemed astronomy publication

For the second year in a row, student course and study group result in a paper in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

The Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, run by IFA supplied the stellar spectra. Photo: Jens Jessen-Hansen.
The section of the sky observed by the Kepler satellite through 4 years. This provided a.o. observations of the double star that has now been dated and analyzed by IFA students. Credit: NASA.

During the E2021 course "Astronomi fra observation til vidensformidling" the students obtained experiences in the various aspects of producing and publishing a scientific paper in the area of observational astronomy by directly working on a specific paper. Amongst other subjects this concerns data analysis and description of results via text and illustrations. A voluntary study group consisting of some of the students has finished the paper for publication after the course.

"To me it has been a both surprising and interesting experience. It is not that easy to publish your scientific results in af publication. You have to go through a lot of considerations and revisions, and you have to have a lot of patience before you reach the time of publication," Jonatan Rudrasingam says. He has participated a.o. with analysis of radial velocity measurements on spectra obtained with the Nordic Optical Telescope, NOT.

"This is the second year in a row that we end up with a real publication by beginning during the course and give the final touches in a study group afterwards. Again it has been af very fine experience, and it is my continued impression that it motivates the students being directly involved in real scientific work. I do hope that this method will also be a possibility in the future," says Karsten Brogaard, originator of this course and formely responsible for it.

At present the paper, dealing with measuring precise and highly detailed stellar parameters, thereby determining the ages in the binary starsystem KIC4054905, has now been accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Your curiosity has to be postponed af bit though: This paper is number three in a series, with the first two still awaiting final accept.