Today was quite interesting; it was like the weekend and class had blended into one. There was the academic feeling of learning, and we were technically in class for six and a half hours, but there wasn't as much tension in the air, probably because we went on a field trip to Adler Planetarium today.
For the first half of class, we mostly just worked on our research projects. Dom and I have decided to change our topic from exoplanets to: using the total energy output of the sun(luminosity) and other data about our big friend in the sky to produce an estimate of the neutrino output of the sun. Fun stuff. For your information, neutrinos are particles that come in three types, or flavors. One of our teachers, Mr. De Costner, was very supportive and gave us a lot of info and websites where we could find more info about our topic. I feel like this will be easier than our last topic; even though it sounds complicated, it's relatively straightforward, and seems more math-oriented.
|This planetarium looks aged and stately from the outside, but looks pretty modern inside.|
|A model Mars rover.|
|This is a to-scale representation of the Sun. The other planets|
are behind me.
I'm glad that our class was able to go somewhere outside of the classroom together and still learn something. However, I wished that we had had more time...oh, well. I better start working on this project...