A Mid Infrared Search for Variable Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy
Brian Brooks
Advisor: Dr. Robert Benjamin
Contact me at: bbroo009@odu.edu


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A Mid Infrared Search for Variable Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy



My 2013 summer was spent at the University of Wisconsin Madison working with Dr. Robert Benjamin and the GLIMPSE team. Here is where I researched variable stars in the galactic plane of the Milky Way. This research was motivated by the fact that "we have the data it just needs someone to analyze". 27,703,930 sources have been matched between two infrared surveys of the Milk Way.

In aspect of searching for variable stars, we began understanding the statistical analysis of our data distribution. Variable stars differ for many reasons and one of our goals was to uncover the characteristic behavior of the types we found. Some questions that we began with included:
  • What does the overall distribution of these stars tell us?
  • Are the variable stars that we are finding in the star forming regions of the sky?
  • Apart from magnitude, what are the other differences between faint and bright variable stars?

Useful links

The following links are very useful for looking up info on UNIX, web page making, and astrophysical data and journals.

SIMBAD (Stellar/Galactic database)

NED (Extragalactic database)

UNIX tutorial

Web page basics

NASA Astrophysics Data Service


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