Monday, May 16, 2011
Science teacher Peggy Piper would often teach her students about SOFIA, the world's largest airborne observatory, saying, "I'm gonna be right there one day."
For the past couple of years, Lincoln-Way North High School science teacher Margaret "Peggy" Piper has been talking to her students about a research lab in the sky. Last week, NASA announced that she will join the team that will fly on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) as part of a six-person team of educators to work with scientists. "You know, I've been talking about it for two years with the students," Piper told Patch in a recent interview. "And I've always told them when I pointed at the airplane, I said, 'You know what? I'm gonna be right there one day.' And now I am." SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft fitted with a 100-inch (2.5-meter) diameter telescope, according to NASA. The telescope …
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Lincoln-Way High North School science teacher Margaret Piper is one of six educators selected to work with scientists aboard the world's largest airborne observatory this year.
A Lincoln-Way North High School science teacher will be part of a six-person team of educators to work with scientists aboard the world's largest airborne observatory. NASA on Tuesday announced that Margaret Piper will join the team that will fly on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Piper wasn't immediately available for comment Tuesday afternoon. SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft fitted with a 100-inch (2.5-meter) diameter telescope, according to NASA. The telescope weighs 20 tons. The program is a joint partnership between NASA and DLR in Bonn, Germany. SOFIA analyzes infrared light to study the formation of stars and planets; chemistry of interstellar gases; composition of comets, asteroids and…
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Three science students at Lincoln-Way North help astronomers identify a special star.
Three Lincoln-Way North High School seniors will have an unusual achievement to put on their college applications: the students, led by teacher Peggy Piper, helped astronomers identify a variable star, a rare type of star with regular changes in brightness. Justin Christensen, Rebecca Rosignolo and Joey Romero, all 17-year-old seniors at North, identified the star while participating in a program called NASA/Infrared Processing and Analysis Center Teacher Archive Research Program, or NITARP. They presented their findings in January at the American Astronomical Society winter meeting in Seattle. The students’ discovery came as a surprise to all involved. “When I got back, everyone would ask me, ‘What’d you do, discover a star?'” …
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Plus, L-W North students are inducted into the Science National Honor Society.
Senior quarterback Anthony Kropp and junior kicker Tom Lynch, both of Frankfort and both Lincoln-Way East High School graduates, were among 10 Saint Xavier football players named Jan. 14 to the 2010 Victory Sports Network NAIA All-American Team. Both claimed first team honors. Also named to the first team were senior defensive back Pat Geary, of Mokena and a Lincoln-Way East graduate, and wide receiver Mike Maher, of Plainfield who graduated from Providence Catholic in New Lenox. In addition, SXU had junior offensive lineman Michael Johnson, of Harvey (Thornton High School), earn second team recognition. Honorable mentions went to senior linebacker Brendan Sheehy, of Chicago (Brother Rice), senior wide receiver Xavier Torres, of Chicago (…