Ashley Villar astronomer

An Arduino Supernova

Below is a post originally written by my boyfriend, Alex McCarthy, and I about a cool outreach project we worked on together in mid-May 2017. Last week, we visited a local high school and presented an outreach activity to an astronomy club. We simulated a supernova explosion using an Arduino-powered laser. We covered topics including supernovae... Read more

Fitting Models with MOO

This post summarizes a lecture I have given several times to undergrads and early graduate students on model fitting. I will (hopefully) highlight the flexibility of the fitting process and a simple guide to work through most problems. I’m going to assume a basic understanding of the statistics involved, and my example problem will be in Python.... Read more