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thedemon-hauntedworld:

The Slant on Saturn’s Rings
This image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows Saturn’s Southern Hemisphere and the southern face of its rings in Infrared light.
Saturn experiences seasonal tilts away from and toward the Sun, much the same way Earth does, over the course of its 29.5-year orbit. This means that approximately every 30 years, we can catch Saturn with its rings at their maximum tilt of 27 degrees toward Earth and get the best glimpse of Saturn’s South Pole and the southern side of the planet’s rings.
Credit: NASA/ESA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)

thedemon-hauntedworld:

The Slant on Saturn’s Rings

This image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows Saturn’s Southern Hemisphere and the southern face of its rings in Infrared light.

Saturn experiences seasonal tilts away from and toward the Sun, much the same way Earth does, over the course of its 29.5-year orbit. This means that approximately every 30 years, we can catch Saturn with its rings at their maximum tilt of 27 degrees toward Earth and get the best glimpse of Saturn’s South Pole and the southern side of the planet’s rings.

Credit: NASA/ESA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)

UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile:


Yipeng Yang

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Science and Technology of China
Research:
I am working on organic solar cells fabricated with an innovative nanoparticle self-assembly method. As part of PHaSE (Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy) center at UMass Amherst, this work was funded by Department of Energy. The thin films made from this technique have shown competitive charge carrier mobility, promising benefits by converting semiconductor nanoparticles to high efficiency organic solar cells with optimized molecular packing at the scale of 10-100nm. 
Your go-to science themed movie and television show:
The Big Bang Theory: for the very first time, my non-science friends have a sense (not perfectly accurate though) of physics PHDs’ life.
About Music:
Big fan of traditional Chinese pop music, especially solos, a little bit into the rock funky stuff in recent years. I was the winner of a singing competition in my college, and used to perform in a bar back in my young days. I haven’t performed for years. Maybe I will pick it up, maybe not.
Favorite Restaurant:
Panda East in Amherst downtown. They have a new Sichuan cook, who makes absolutely the best authentic Chinese food that I ever had in this country! You cannot miss it if you are into spicy food. Must try: boiling fish, lamb sticks (not sure about the translation though)
 Favorite travelling destination:
Las Vegas! Great hotels, great food, great shows! It’s a nice complement to the quiet life in Amherst, and totally affordable because I don’t gamble.
Fun project(s) outside research:
Data science has been my playground when I have spare time.
I built a hierarchical linear model for the repeated measurements of surface roughness collaborating with a chemistry group at Smith College, in order to explore the effect of a chemical treatment on silicon wafers at nm-scale.

I also provided technical support for a company with a new cooling system, manipulated more than 10,000 data points and validated the advantage of the new system.

UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile:

Yipeng Yang

Undergraduate Institution:

University of Science and Technology of China

Research:

I am working on organic solar cells fabricated with an innovative nanoparticle self-assembly method. As part of PHaSE (Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy) center at UMass Amherst, this work was funded by Department of Energy. The thin films made from this technique have shown competitive charge carrier mobility, promising benefits by converting semiconductor nanoparticles to high efficiency organic solar cells with optimized molecular packing at the scale of 10-100nm. 

Your go-to science themed movie and television show:

The Big Bang Theory: for the very first time, my non-science friends have a sense (not perfectly accurate though) of physics PHDs’ life.

About Music:

Big fan of traditional Chinese pop music, especially solos, a little bit into the rock funky stuff in recent years. I was the winner of a singing competition in my college, and used to perform in a bar back in my young days. I haven’t performed for years. Maybe I will pick it up, maybe not.

Favorite Restaurant:

Panda East in Amherst downtown. They have a new Sichuan cook, who makes absolutely the best authentic Chinese food that I ever had in this country! You cannot miss it if you are into spicy food. Must try: boiling fish, lamb sticks (not sure about the translation though)

 Favorite travelling destination:

Las Vegas! Great hotels, great food, great shows! It’s a nice complement to the quiet life in Amherst, and totally affordable because I don’t gamble.

Fun project(s) outside research:

Data science has been my playground when I have spare time.

I built a hierarchical linear model for the repeated measurements of surface roughness collaborating with a chemistry group at Smith College, in order to explore the effect of a chemical treatment on silicon wafers at nm-scale.

I also provided technical support for a company with a new cooling system, manipulated more than 10,000 data points and validated the advantage of the new system.

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thatscienceguy:

Lightning Appreciation Post:

  • There are nearly 500 lightning strikes every second around the world.
  • Only about 100 of these strike the earth, the others are between and within the clouds themselves.
  • Lightning is very visible from space (last gif from Astronaut Reid Wiseman)
  • Besides regular storms (thunder storms, hurricanes, etc.) lightning can be found in volcanoes (gif 3) and even intense forest fires.

In conclusion: nature is fucking awesome!