Hey there, I’m Nick Anderson. Simply put: I’m an astronomy student by day and amateur astronomer by night. Astronomy is more than just a casual interest for me; it is my passion. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated with the stars, the planets, and our place in the Universe. It wasn’t until after reaching college that I finally got a telescope, one of the greatest decisions in my life.
Since entering the world of amateur astronomy (June 7, 2011), I’ve kept a strict journal of essentially all my observing sessions. This website features some of the logs I’ve acquired over the past couple of years, focused particularly on the deep sky (galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae). It should hopefully serve as a useful database for gauging what details (yet alone objects) can be seen in modest-sized instruments. All of my observations are accomplished manually by traditional starhopping methods using my Orion XT8 SkyQuest Dobsonian reflector, 10×50 Orion Scenix binoculars, or even just the naked eye.
In regards to professional astronomy and academia, I find myself particularly drawn to cosmology and general relativity. In particular, topics such as the accelerated expansion rate of the Universe, Type Ia supernovae, black holes, quasars, the cosmic microwave background, and dark matter all fascinate me. In 2014, I was especially thrilled to take part in my first undergraduate research project involving quasar outflow, where I examined the velocity spectrum of an extremely infrared-luminous broad absorption line (BAL) quasar featuring blueshifted molecular gas relative to the quasar’s expected recession velocity. In 2015, my research involved mining the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) database in the effort to examine the far-infrared properties of BAL quasars in connection to its effect on star formation.
I hope you enjoy perusing my website, and please feel free to email me or post comments with your questions and/or feedback.
May the clear skies be with you,
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Astronomical League observing awards I’ve earned:
- Messier Program—Regular (completed Aug 28, 2011)
- Messier Program—Honorary (completed Dec 11, 2011)
- Caldwell Program—Silver (completed Jun 26, 2012)
- Venus Transit Special Award (completed Dec 31, 2012)
- Local Galaxy Group & Neighborhood Program (completed Mar 22, 2013)
- Planetary Nebula Program—Basic (completed Apr 5, 2013)
- Herschel 400 Program (completed May 09, 2013)
- Lunar Program (completed May 25, 2013)
- Deep Sky Binocular Program (completed Sep 04, 2013)
- Binocular Messier Program (completed Sep 08, 2013)
- Planetary Nebula Program—Advanced (completed Oct 01, 2013)
- Double Star Program (completed Nov 01, 2013)
- Solar System Observers Program (completed Nov 03, 2013)
- Master Observer Award (completed Nov 03, 2013)