Monday, June 12, 2006

Astronomy Internship - Day 3

Today was the first day of work for this program. It started meeting up with Dr. Sandquist at 9:15 and then heading to the computer lab where we'll be spending a lot of time.

After getting through some paperwork with waivers of liability and the like, we were issued ID cards and keys to the building.

Lunch was at a mexican resturaunt on campus. I'm not a huge fan of mexican, but I had a "fajita burrito" which wasn't bad. Quite filling.

After lunch we started into learning our way around the Unix substructure of the Linux, Red Hat operating system. Since it's a command line interface (one where you type commands instead of clicking on things), it's going to take some getting used to, but isn't bad. I was able to get the hang of things pretty quickly.

Once we had the basics down, we began poking at some of the important programs such as DS9 (image viewer for astronomical iamges), IRAF (a data processing program), and a graphing program.

That finished off our day and most of the group headed off to dinner.

I left my camera sitting on the desk after uploading pictures last night, so no pictures for today. I'll remember to bring it tomorrow.

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