View Full Version : Ep. 146: Astronomy Research from Idea to Publication

2009-Aug-16, 11:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how astronomers do their research? How do they go from idea or question, to gathering their data, to publishing the research. What are all the hoops they have to jump through, the paperwork to fill out, and the cool toys they get to use along the way?http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/astronomycast/~4/qvbcLdjTKEA

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2009-Aug-18, 04:45 AM
I have to say that, as someone who just submitted a grant tonight, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and thought that it pretty accurately reflects the steps. There are just two points I would add:

(1) In my experience, before you submit a grant, you pretty much have to already have done ~10-20% of the work. You have to show to the review committee that, yes, you can do the research (as Pamela said), but this seems to normally be done by having actually already done a fair chunk of it already.

(2) Second is the journals Pamela mentioned. Probably I'm just sensitive to it since I consider myself an astronomer even though I do planetary astronomy, but the journals Pamela mentioned are more for astrophysics, as in stars, galaxies, cosmology, etc. For planetary, the "big two" journals in the US are probably the Journal of Geophysical Research (& Letters) and Icarus. I think Icarus is more geared towards all things planetary while JGR is more towards planetary surfaces.

With that said, it's 10:45 PM and it's time for me to get back to my side research project that is unlikely to get funded but I think is really cool incremental research. :)