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My first day

Jun. 1, 1999
Today marks the first day of my work here and boy do I have a lot to learn. As a Geosciences major, the only knowledge I have of the...

Not so minor planets

Jun. 2, 1999
I continued my work as an REU student today playing catch-up on my knowledge (or the lack thereof) of astronomy and asteroids. Dr. Leake sent me some journal articles...

On the road

Jun. 3, 1999
After bidding Sarah farewell, Erika, Dr. Leake, and I shuffled into my mentor's Ford Taurus/jellybean-mobile. The destination: Athens, Georgia and the SARA REU meeting on the campus of the...

Meeting and meetings

Jun. 4, 1999
Meeting took place in two forms today. One was an introduction to new people and the other was a time when mentors presented research to the students. After a...

Jun. 5, 1999
After breakfast today everyone met in the physics building where our mentors gave talks mainly on the subjects our their students work. I heard (and actually partially understood) talks...

Cruising precip

Jun. 7, 1999
Welcome to the website where I hope to reveal the ins and outs of my summer here at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. Today was a typical day here...

Water for sale

Jun. 8, 1999
This day started out easily like many others. I read a couple journal articles this morning looking for more information to store in my head about asteroids and how...

Hey, move it, buddy

Jun. 9, 1999
Not to be too literal about things but I moved today. Converse Hall is my home away from home for the summer here at VSU. Like most universities, summer...

Computers byte

Jun. 10, 1999
Today I asked Dr. Leake (my mentor here) to give me a run through on some critical astronomy concepts. I mainly asked her about orbits and how to interpret...

Recovery heart attack

Jun. 11, 1999
Work was a great thing today. Another student working on a parallel project to mine, Jason Looper, was around today completing some tasks with me today. There's a brand...

IRAF is a four letter word

Jun. 15, 1999
IRAF. Image Reduction and Analysis Facility. It's the often dreaded UNIX-based software that is used by many Earthward astronomers using CCD (basically digital) cameras on their telescopes. This program...

El pollo del mar

Jun. 16, 1999
Today was a particularly uneventful (but good) day. I gazed through lists of asteroids and their various features today so that we could determine which ones fall into our...

Lake Balboa

Jun. 17, 1999
Today was the big day for me to accompany Dr. Hyatt to Lake Balboa to collect sediment samples. Balboa is a sinkhole lake that is one among many in...

Fly me to the Moon

Jun. 18, 1999
I can just hear Old Blue Eyes singing that chart now. And, if he'd ever seen what I saw tonight, I'm sure he'd have truly meant it. Today was...

It takes two to party

Jun. 19, 1999
Isn't that how the saying goes or something? Well, at any rate today was a very fulfilling day. It began with a late rising Kevin. I got up at...

A minority

Jun. 20, 1999
I undoubtedly had a fine day today. It started [rather] early in the morning at about 8am. Jason Looper, Dr. Leake and I met at 9am to have breakfast...

Summer solstice

Jun. 21, 1999
As the Sun reaches it's highest point in the northern hemisphere's sky, today is a day just like many others. I spent the day gathering information on possible C-type...

A star chart is born

Jun. 22, 1999
Today, like yesterday, felt like a rather productive day. Although the Lowell Observatory server was down and prevented me from getting some tracking information on our target asteroids, I...

Pizza delivery follies

Jun. 23, 1999
After a day of frusteration with the Lowell Observatories asteroid ephemeris generation site, everything else went pretty well. I installed a great astronomy program called Redshift 2 on the...

Unintentional Mallrats

Jun. 24, 1999
After my usual morning routine of showering, breakfast, and a little web surfing and email, I went into work. Jason was [unexpectedly] there when I arrived. We spent the...

It was a dark and stormy night...

Jun. 25, 1999
Actually, it was definately day time when this doosey of a storm ran over this area. Work today was pretty nominal and consisted of much manual reading for some...

Balance it baby

Jun. 26, 1999
I woke up at 11am CST (College Standard Time) this morning and felt nothing but refreshed. I didn't, however, truly start today until somewhere around 1pm. After a shower...

Asteroid pickin'

Jun. 27, 1999
11am this morning was time for the group of asteroid lubbers to get together and finalize the list of potato-shaped planetary bodies we'll observe at Kitt Peak later this...

Calm first, storm later

Jun. 28, 1999
Today was a nominal day in which I choose a few more asteroids for the list, wrote a few letters that needed to be sent (mainly for money) and...

Oop! I found the storm

Jun. 29, 1999
Work today led me back to some articles Dr. Leake sent me a while back. Mostly covering background information on our research topic, I read it today to brush...

"No clean clothes for YOU!"

Jun. 30, 1999
The feeling I got today when basically denied a simple function of modern life. As I get ready for the observing run trip out to Kitt Peak, AZ I...

On the road

Jul. 1, 1999
After packing, organizing, and amidst a migraine headache that makes quick movements of the head painful, Dr. Leake, Jason Gaines, Jason Looper and I loaded up the VSU Buick...
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