Celebrate the life of Father Angelo Secchi SJ, Jesuit astronomer at the Roman College who is often called the “Father of Astrophysics.”
March 17 (Sunday): Rome arrival Mar. 18: Rome / Transfer to Castel Gandolfo Mar. 19: Castel Gandolfo: Monte Porzio & San Nilo Mar. 20: Castel Gandolfo: Papal Summer Villa/ La Specola / Albano Mar. 21: Castel Gandolfo / Monte Mario / Vatican Mar. 22: Rome : Jesuit Rome & St. John Lateran Excavations Mar. 23: Rome : Leisure Day & Farewell Dinner Mar. 24: Departures
In this video, students from the 2018 Vatican Observatory Summer School discuss how excited they are to participate in the program. Br. Guy Consolmagno explains how the VOSS got started, and how wonderful it is to have so many exceptional students attend the summer school program.
The VOSS 2018 will train the next generation of researchers on the marvels of big data, time domain astrophysics, and variability surveys. We are building an exciting programme that links variable stars with photometric and spectroscopic surveys, and then gives an overview concerning the impact that stellar astrophysics has on current astrophysical and cosmological open problems.
Theory of stellar pulsation and evolution: pulsation and evolutionary properties of radial variables (RR Lyrae; classical, type II, anomalous Cepheids; SX Phoenicis).
Stellar kinematics: radial velocities and proper motions.
Variable star searches in large databases: Current statistics, sample biases, variability detection, period search techniques, variable star classification,
Variables as stellar population tracers: pulsating stars vs eclipsing binaries. Distance indicators (RR Lyse, Cepheids, Miras and LPVs), Rare variability: Microlensing and Transients.
Current and future large astronomical databases: 2MASS, Gaia, VVV, OGLE, Kepler, GLIMPSE, WISE, WFIRST, LSST, SDSS, TESS, PLATO, EUCLID, PS2.