ALFALFA data releases Rules of the scavenger hunts:
1.   Some questions are labeled (F: first timer) and (R: returnee).
First time attendees should focus on the "F" questions; returnees on the "R" ones.
Everyone should answer the questions without designations.
In all cases,
return attendees shall not
reveal the answers to first timers until sufficient effort is
expended. (And, any bribes must be shared 50:50 will the Scavenger Hunt creators.)
2.   You may consult any
source anywhere but please be sure to indicate where you got your information.
And watch out
for bad websites! Actually, if you find any mis-information, make a note
of it for the blog.
UAT10.01 Scavenger Hunt #1: Using Arecibo and using ALFA for ALFALFA
This scavenger hunt will explore some details of how we use ALFA and how we use it for ALFALFA.
1.0   Which of the ALFA
beams are "uphill" when we observe a source at a Declination of
+20o04'30" (the drift for early Wed. morning)?
1.1   We do not normally observe in the afternoon. Why not?
1.2   What is Maricao (besides the name of our workstation)?
1.3   What does J2000 refer to?
1.4   What declination will correspond to each of the six ALFA beams
when we observe ALFALFA drift 83p1 at a Declination of +20o04'30" (the drift we will observe Wed morning).
Be sure to indicate numerically each beam according to ALFA convention. 1.5   At the current moment are the
ALFA amps on or off? Be sure to record the exact time/date when you provide this answer.
1.6   What is the LST time at 3:45 pm AST today
(January 11, 2010)?
1.7 (R)   What is the declination of the
A2010 observation planned for February 21, 2010?
1.8 (R)   In what 1984 movie did the
unsympathetic government agent say:
"Do you seriously expect me to tell the President than an alien has landed, assumed the
identity of a dead housepainter from Madison Wisconsin and is presently out tooling around
the countryside in a hopped up orange and black 1977 Mustang?" 1.9 (F)   In a famous movie,
where was Roger Thornhill when he
said "I don't like the way Teddy Roosevelt is looking at me"? 1.10   The ALFALFA observing setup uses the
WAPP spectrometers which deliver spectra which cover 100 MHz total,
centered on 1385 MHz. Each spectrum has 4096 "channels" (or "pixels" in
frequency space, or "array elements", however you want to think of them).
What channel corresponds to 1381.0 MHz?
To what velocity does a frequency of 1381.0 MHz correspond for the 21 cm HI line?
What RFI occurs at 1381 MHz?
1.11   What is odd about the rotation of Venus, and how and when was
1.12   What former Arecibo atmospheric scientist is the author
of the mystery novel "Murder at Arecibo"?
1.13   How should you start up IDL for use here at the
workshop? Hint: follow this link 1.14   Each team should investigate a galaxy detected by
ALFALFA. Try out the LOVEDATA procedures plotalfa and skyd.
Make a note of links where you were able to find information about the
galaxy. Distinguish between observed properties and derived ones. Also develop a
"wish list" of what more you'd like to know/do. These **are** interesting galaxies;
what is interesting about them?