Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2022 (published on Feb 14, 2022)
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Grad MAP - Winter Workshop, University of Maryland

LaGuardia students Daniel Gallego, Edda Hobuss, and Layla Xholi participated in a week-long workshop organized by the University of Maryland called GRAD-MAP. During this intense week, they had the chance to meet great physicists, tour labs and observatories, be introduced to Python, and gain some research experience. In this article, they share their experience and invite students to apply to this interesting program.

Cover: Image of an asteroid captured by NASA (Photo: NASA/JPL/JHUAPL).

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2022 (published on Feb 14, 2022)
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Lagrange Points in Binary Star Systems

This work was done by LaGuardia students Daniel Gallego and Layla Xholi as a part of the Honors “General Physics I” class, Fall 2021.

The authors studied Lagrange points and tried to locate them in any given binary star system. The obtained equations were applied to both a Sun-Earth-Moon scenario as well as a binary star system. Using Python they mapped the potential energy of various binary systems with different mass ratios and identified their respective Lagrange points.

Today the Lagrange points of our Earth-Sun system are of special interest as the point furthest from the Sun, also known as L2, hosts NASA's newest and most powerful James Webb Telescope.

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #3 2021 (published on Dec 06, 2021)
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“A bit of Mathematics, Physics and Magic” by Dr. Tao Chen and Dr. Roman Senkov

If it is possible to write rhymes with equations and formulae then this article written by LaGuardia professors Tao Chen and Roman Senkov is a poem full of wonderful mathematical tricks and true magic. You will learn how to calculate infinite series, continued fractions, nested roots and more.

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2021 (published on Feb 25, 2021)
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Orbital Decay of a Massive Black Hole

by LaGuardia Honors students Charles Lee-Georgescu and Ahn Vo

Ever wonder how long it takes for a massive black hole to spiral into the center of a galaxy? The authors of this article take a close look at the effects of dynamical friction on orbital decay to see how estimations like this are made.

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2021 (published on Feb 25, 2021)

“EXTRA! EXTRA! LIFE ON MARS?” by Amaru Alzogaray

The article tells the story of the most advanced scientific rover ever built, the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, that has just landed on the Red Planet. This is an ambitious mission that links the fields of astronomy, physics, geology, chemistry, and biology.

Cover Image: this high-resolution image shows one of the six wheels aboard the rover. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #2 2020 (published on Jul 23, 2020)
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A Journey into Solar Energy

by Dr. Małgorzata Marciniak

Research on the efficient geometry of flexible solar panels initiated in 2016 was sparked by a question posed by two students in Calculus 3.

Interested in this research? Please contact Dr. Marciniak at mmarciniak@lagcc.cuny.edu

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #2 2020 (published on Jul 23, 2020)
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Computer Modelling of Physical Systems

from Planetary Rings to Diffusion and Brownian Motion

Five interdisciplinary research projects conducted by students in Spring 2020 Honors College Physics II and Computer Science classes and supervised by Dr. Doyel Pal and Dr. Roman Senkov.

Cover Image © NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2020 (published on May 27, 2020)
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Why I Chose Physics as a Major

by Karamoko Soumahoro

Karamoko is a former LaGuardia student who changed his major to physics. After graduating from LaGuardia he went to Stony-Brook University where he received a Bachelor's degree in physics.

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2020 (published on May 27, 2020)
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Atomic Nuclei and Pairing Correlations

by LaGuardia students Josselyn Velasquez and Bai Huang

This research project was done as a part of Honors "College Physics I" class.