C/2014 J1 (CATALINA) MPEC 2014-K04

My start in astronomy research began while at Mesa Community college.

For a semester “term” project, I created a PHP web app that mapped out known galaxies in the universe, based on 2MASS data.

The webapp allowed users to select the number of galaxies displayed by magnitude, and some very interesting patterns were revealed.

Shown below are a few images from the 2MASS webapp:

What is really cool about this project, is that the plots show large-scale structure of the universe!

While at ASU, I was hired on as an undergraduate Research Assistant, worked on a small radio telescope, observed binary stars with several telescopes in Arizona, and published two publications:
1.) IBVS 6030 (2012) 2.) IBVS 6054 (2013)

During graduate studies at UND, I built 3-D models of binary star systems using the Wilson-Devinney code. Two of the binary systems in IBVS 6054 showed some peculiarities in their lightcurve data, making them ideal modeling candidates.



You can view my Catalina Sky Survey asteroid and near-Earth object (including comets) discoveries below: